The holidays are such a wonderful time of year, especially for those of us who love food! If you truly enjoy a good cookie, then these Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies Recipe should be at the top of your holiday baking list! Using just a few ingredients, these Peppermint Patty cookies are so easy-to-make and the chocolatey mint freshness is the perfect holiday flavor combination.
These Peppermint Patty Cookies are the quintessential taste of the holidays. With their classic peppermint flavor mixed together with rich chocolate, you could not ask for a better cookie to celebrate the season.
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies Recipe
There are two ingredients that will commonly and constantly come up when the holidays and food are in the same conversation. Those two ingredients are chocolate and peppermint. Chocolate is a given since it is used to coat candies, and is the king of the candy world in general. The holidays are all about sweets, candy, and love, of which, chocolate represents all of these. Peppermint flavors come from the popularity of the candy cane during winter time which includes the holidays. The reason these Peppermint Patty Cookies are so perfect for the holidays is that they include the two prime ingredients that represent the season.
How Do You Make Peppermint Patty Cookies?
1. Toss all your ingredients except the peppermint patties and sprinkles, into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
2. Chill the sticky dough for up to an hour. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper and remove the dough from the fridge.
3. Spoon two tablespoons of batter and flatten it out for each cookie. Place a peppermint patty on top of each then spoon two more tablespoons of cookie batter over the top of each. Roll into balls, throw some sprinkles over the top.
Tips and variations for making these peppermint patty cookies:
● Use mini peppermint patties!
● Make sure you leave the batter in the fridge until it is chilled all the way through. If not, it will be very difficult to roll the cookies into balls before baking. This step is vital to get the cookies into the optimal baking form.
● You must add the sprinkles before baking in order to get them to adhere. Some sprinkles may have the tendency to melt when baked. However, if you use the traditional sprinkles as I did, you will have no issue.
● If you are unable to locate espresso powder, you can use a dark roasted instant coffee. However, it will not be as rich since espresso is has a very rich flavor.
● These cookies can be stored airtight container on the countertop for 5 days, in the fridge for a month and/or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I do not suggest placing them in the freezer or the fridge as cookies do not store well this way.
Common Questions About Peppermint Patty Cookies
What are Peppermint Patties Made Of?
The store-bought peppermint patties have a longer list of ingredients that may be impossible to pronounce. However, if made at home, peppermint patties are basically a mixture of powdered sugar, butter, corn syrup, and peppermint flavoring. You usually can make them taste just like the store-bought version as well. If you wanted to kill two birds with one stone, you could make a batch of peppermint patties as a treat or gift for the holidays and then use a few to make these cookies. Two treats made from one! Here is a homemade peppermint patties recipe!
Where Are Peppermint Patties Made?
The York Peppermint Patties that you popularly see around the world were first created in York, Pennsylvania by Henry Kessler. His company was called the York Cone. The company would later be sold to Peter Paul which is credited with spreading the peppermint patty around the world starting in 1975. Hershey now mass produces the York Peppermint Patty and in 2009, production of this treat moved from Reading, PA to Mexico.
Are Peppermint Patties Peanut Free?
Food allergies are nothing to mess with and it can be scary to consume something made from a factory where contamination might not be closely watched. However, many factories are taking note of how their foods mix these days and are taking steps to make them safe for certain allergy sufferers. York Peppermint Patties are peanut-free but I do not know if the facility is peanut-free. These treats are also gluten-free however, they are not vegan as they contain milk and eggs. Always be sure to check the back of the wrappers, especially with Hershey products, as they are very particular in listing whether or not their products are made on the same equipment as nuts in general.
Do York Peppermint Patties Expire?
Like all foods, peppermint patties have an expiration date, as do the peppermint patty cookies. If stored properly, peppermint patties will keep for 6-9 months. Proper storage is in an airtight container, individually wrapped, and at room temperature. However, peppermint patty cookies will last for up five days, stored in an airtight container. Room temperature in a dry place is the best condition for these cookies.
If you like cookies, you will want to try these terrific holiday cookie recipes:
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies Recipe Ingredients:
● 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
● 1 tsp Instant Espresso Powder
● 1 large Egg
● ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
● 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
● 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
● 16 Mini York Patties
● Christmas Sprinkles, for garnish
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies Mise en Place:
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies Recipe Directions:
1. In a bowl combine the cake mix, espresso powder, cream cheese, oil, peppermint extract, and the egg.
2. Mix together with a spoon or spatula until it comes together in a sticky dough.
3. Chill the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
5. Remove the cookie dough from the fridge.
6. Remove about two tablespoons of dough. Flatten it slightly. Place a mini York patty into the center, and then cover the patty with the dough.
7. Roll the dough with the patty inside into a ball. Sprinkle some Christmas sprinkles on top.
8. Bake for 10 minutes.
9. Allow the peppermint patty cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
10. Remove from the cookie sheets to a wire rack to finish the cooling process.
11. Store the leftovers in an airtight container on the countertop for 5 days.
- 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 tsp Instant Espresso Powder
- 1 large Egg
- ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
- 4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 16 Mini York Patties
- Christmas Sprinkles, for garnish
- In a bowl combine the cake mix, espresso powder, cream cheese, oil, peppermint extract, and the egg.
- Mix together with a spoon or spatula until it comes together in a sticky dough.
- Chill the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove the cookie dough from the fridge.
- Remove about two tablespoons of dough. Flatten it slightly. Place a mini York patty into the center, and then cover the patty with the dough.
- Roll the dough with the patty inside into a ball. Sprinkle some Christmas sprinkles on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow the peppermint patty cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the cookie sheets to a wire rack to finish the cooling process.
- Store the leftovers in an airtight container on the countertop for 5 days.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.
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