Jacquelynne Steves

Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe


Have I mentioned that I love cookies?? I’ve always thought that I’d make a really good Christmas elf- because I love Christmas, and I’m pretty sure that elves love cookies almost as much as Santa does! I just love those little bite-sized goodies- easy to eat, and so many different flavors and varieties….  This is the “cookie-est” time of year, isn’t it? Recently, I asked the folks in my Facebook group what their favorite kind of Christmas cookie is, and what a response we got! This time of year has so many memories attached to it, and favorite foods are certainly no exception- maybe it was the cookie that only your Grandma knew how to make, or the ones that you loved making with Mom every year… maybe it’s the kind that you love to make with your kids and grandkids right now. A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I reminisced about our favorite kinds of cookies that we had every year growing up. Making them now surely brings back those childhood memories…


Today, I am sharing a super-simple Christmas cookie recipe – when you’re in a hurry, cake mix comes to the rescue! These are festive and so yummy! You can use a food processor to crush the peppermint candies, or put them in a few layers of wax paper or large zip-lock bags and let the kids wack them with a rolling pin.


Peppermint Crunch Cookies Recipe

  • -2 eggs
  • -1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • -4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • -3-4 drops green food coloring
  • -1 tablespoon water
  • -1 box (16.5-18.5 oz) white cake mix
  • -2 cups (12 oz) white chocolate chips
  • -1/2 cup (approximately) crushed candy canes or mint candies, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (this is important- nothing dampens the holiday mood like trying to scrape melted candies off of your good baking sheets!)

In a large bowl, stir together all of the wet ingredients. Stir in the cake mix, chips, and 1/3 cup of the crushed candies. Mix until well combined.

Roll into 1 1/2” balls and place about 2” apart on baking sheets. Sprinkle tops with remaining crushed candies (press into dough lightly.)

Bake about 8 minutes until just set but not brown. Cool on baking sheet about 2 minutes, then remove to cooling racks.
Makes about 4 dozen.

Get the downloadable recipe sheet by clicking here.

Delicious Day Tea Cup Art- Jacquelynne Steves


  • Posted December 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    YUMMY! I might use these tomorrow for the cookie exchange I’m going to. I was going to make lemon bars, but these are more festive. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary Banks
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    These cookies look so good. I love peppermint. My favorite cookie, so far, is oatmeal chocolate chip. It may be peppermint cookies after I make these. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Diana
    Posted December 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I also have to wait to bake cookies since I am a cookie monster as well. I am going to try these in the morning thanks so much for all you do for us! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your family.

  • Posted December 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your family. I don’t know how you keep up with all you do and publish! Always love to get your posts.

  • Pam Gonzalez
    Posted December 19, 2016 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the yummy looking cookie recipe. Will be a hit here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Pam Gonzalez

  • Sandra Miller Pitts
    Posted December 20, 2016 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Baking tomorrow. These are definitely on the list. Thank you and Merry Christmas?

  • Pat Giarrusso
    Posted December 20, 2016 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    These look delicious and so festive. Just may have to try them this year! My favorites are pinwheel cookies. It is the way I keep my mother-in-law’s memory alive. She always made them this time of year.

  • Donna
    Posted December 20, 2016 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    thank you, thank you!! I love mint and cookies and this will be wonderful I’m sure. Merry Christmas to you

  • Wendy Hansen
    Posted December 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Any type of cookie is my favorite. I, like you just love those easy to hold, sticky, gooey cookies. What a marvelous invention dontchathink? I am loving th club, doing lots of embroidery and loving it.

  • Patricia Lewis
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Our family has a cookie bake-off every Christmas. My daughter won last year, the year before, my son. I just printed your peppermint recipe to enter. Wish me luck!

  • KJ
    Posted December 19, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    These sound good. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cheryl Perusse
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great recipe. I can’t wait to try these🏡

  • LaRue Cole
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely add this recipe to the baking list this year. Look good.

  • Jan B.
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    These look delish! Hope to make them this Christmas…..Fingers crossed! Still have tons to do before then, like many others do. Girl power — we can do it!!! Yummy!!

  • Melanie
    Posted December 6, 2018 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your easy cookie recipe. They look wonderful, and perfect for the busy time we all have. Stay well and glad you and yours survived illnesses and back to wellness now.

  • Julie Dunn
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    These look delicious. I just found out you can buy pre-crushed peppermints at Jo-Ann’s and Michaels!

  • Patricia
    Posted December 7, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    The cookies sound great! Thank you.

  • Posted December 8, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the cookie recipe. I can’t wait to try this! Marilyn R.

  • Maggie Drafts
    Posted December 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jacquelynne. I want to try these with wintergreen candies and wintergreen extract.
    My favorite, isn’t Christmas without them, ia a cookie that I have made for the past 50 years; Cherry Nut Nuggets.

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