White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Cookies cooling on a parchment-lined baking sheet over a wire rack.
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These soft and chewy peppermint cookies feature a mix of creamy white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes for a dessert that both looks and tastes festive. This is an easy recipe that's great to add your Christmas cookie baking list!

  • Author: Alexandra
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes (plus chill time)
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x
  • Category: cookies
  • Method: baking


  • 10 5/8 ounces (2 1/2 cups, spoon and level) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 ounces (9 tablespoons) salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 5/8 ounces (3/4 cup, packed) light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 1/4 ounces (1 cup) crushed peppermint candy/candy canes, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 1/2 ounces (3/4 cup) white chocolate chips, plus extra for garnish


1. Mix the dry ingredients:In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, baking soda, and salt.

2. Beat the wet ingredients: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a large bowl and handheld electric mixer), beat together the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and yolk one at a time, beating each in until fully incorporated and scraping down the bowl/beater as needed. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint extracts.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix in on lowest speed until mostly incorporated. Add the peppermint candy and white chocolate chips and fold in by hand just until evenly dispersed into the cookie dough.

4. Chill and portion dough: Chill cookie dough in refrigerator for at least one hour before baking. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF with racks in the top and bottom-third positions. Scoop dough into 2 1/4 ounce (or about 1/4 cup) portions and roll each into a ball. If desired, roll the tops and sides of each cookie dough ball in extra crushed candy cane pieces. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone liners, spreading well apart with no more than 6 balls of dough per sheet. 

5. Bake cookies at 350ºF for 14-16 minutes, until tops no longer look wet and cookies are puffy, flipping and rotating baking sheets halfway through time. Top each cookie with a few extra white chocolate chips, and cool on pan for 10-15 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days, or in the refrigerator for longer storage.


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Tips and tricks:

  • For perfectly round cookies, use a large round cookie cutter to "scoot" your cookies and round off the edges immediately after baking.
  • Be sure to cool your cookie sheet between batches if baking all of these cookies in one sitting. 


  • Refrigerated cookie dough can be kept for 2-3 weeks. Or, scoop dough into individual cookies and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Once baked, cookies can be kept in an airtight, zip top bag at cool room temperature for up to 5 days.

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