Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They’re easy and delicious!
Okay… these yummy cookies are probably not the fanciest cookies you will ever eat, but they sure taste good! Who needs PERFECT looking cookies anyways? Chocolate mint cookie bites are so easy to make, and when topped with pretty green frosting and some sparkly sprinkles, they are amazing! I adapted the recipe from an old cooking magazine I’ve had for years, and want to share it with you today.
The combination of flavor from chocolate AND peppermint shines in these shortbread-like little cookies! These cookies are light in texture and big in flavor, and I think you will really enjoy them. Kids can help with the frosting and sprinkles, because they really don’t have to be fancy! Let me show you how easy these little cookies are to make, in practically no time at all!
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Make The Cookie Dough
Before starting to make the cookie dough, remember to preheat your oven to 375°F. It only takes a few minutes to make the dough, so to save time, you will want your oven preheated and ready to go!
Using an electric mixer (or stand mixer), cream together softened butter and powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) until smooth. Add melted (but cooled) unsweetened chocolate and peppermint extract to the bowl and beat again, until fully combined. Beat in the all purpose flour, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all the flour is incorporated into the dough.
Now add regular sized (or miniature-sized) semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. STIR the chocolate chips into the batter until fully combined. This cookie dough is now ready and it will be quite thick.
Ready To Bake The Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites!
Drop the dough for the chocolate mint cookie bites by Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Leave a couple inches of space between each cookie. I usually try to use a small cookie scoop for this, so the cookies are all about the same size. You should have enough cookie dough for about 30 cookies, so you need a couple baking sheets or you will need to cook them in batches.
Bake the cookies at 375°F. for 6-8 minutes or until the cookies are firm and set. Oven temps can vary quite a bit, and in our oven this takes 7 minutes, so keep an eye on them. They don’t spread out too much, either. Once done, let the cookies cool (on the pan) for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Time To Make The Frosting For The Cookies
While the cookies are baking OR cooling, make the green peppermint frosting. In a medium bowl, beat together softened butter, powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring. Mix until the frosting is a beautiful green color and is completely smooth, with no lumps!
Once the chocolate mint cookie bites have completely cooled, it’s time to frost them. I frost the cookies one at a time, so the frosting is still a bit “wet” and the sprinkles can adhere to it. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the top of each cookie, and them immediately add a pinch of sprinkles on top. I hold the cookie in one hand, and add the frosting with a small knife. Then, holding the cookie over a small bowl of sprinkles with one hand, I add the sprinkles using my other hand. That way, any “wayward” sprinkles fall back into the bowl of sprinkles!
Place the frosted/sprinkled cookie back on the wire rack, and repeat with the next cookie, continuing until all cookies are frosted and sprinkled. Let the frosting set tp (firm up) slightly before serving the cookies.
Ready to Eat Some Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites?
Once the frosting has firmed up, the cookies are ready to be enjoyed. The insides are light in texture, and each of the chocolate mint cookie bites is filled with chocolate chips! The frosting AND the cookies themselves, have a wonderful chocolate mint flavor, which I think you’ll enjoy!
I really hope you enjoy these delicious cookies! At Christmas time red, green and white sprinkles are the way to go, but you can also highlight these for St. Patrick’s Day, and use only green and white sprinkles. However you make them, I think you’ll enjoy the quick, easy recipe, and their great taste! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Have a great day.
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Recipe adapted from: “Taste of Home” magazine, December/January issue, 2004, pages 27-28, contributed by Anne Revers, published by Reiman Publications
Chocolate Mint Cookie Bites are shortbread-like cookies, with peppermint flavoring in the cookie and the frosting! They're easy and delicious!
- ¾ cup butter (no substitutes) softened (room temp.)
- ½ cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (2 squares) melted, cooled
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini)
- 2 Tablespoons butter softened (room temp.)
- 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 drops green food coloring
- COLORED SPRINKLES (approx. 2-3 Tablespoons)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Make Dough: Using electric mixer (or stand mixer), cream softened butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add melted, cooled unsweetened chocolate and peppermint extract; mix until combined. Beat in flour gradually, adding 1/3 cup at a time, until all flour is incorporated into dough. STIR in the chocolate chips, until combined. Dough will be thick.
Drop the dough by Tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Leave 2" between each cookie. There's enough dough for approx. 30 cookies, so you need to use a couple baking sheets or bake the cookies in batches.
Bake at 375°F. for 6-8 minutes or until cookies are firm and set. Oven temps can vary, so keep an eye on them. When done, let cookies cool (on the pan) for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Make frosting while cookies bake or cool: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, powdered sugar, milk, peppermint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring. Mix until frosting is a beautiful green color and is completely smooth (no lumps).
Once cookies have completely cooled, it's time to frost them, one at a time, while frosting is a bit "wet" and sprinkles can adhere to it. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the top of a cookie; immediately add a pinch or two of sprinkles on top. Place frosted/sprinkled cookie back on wire rack. Repeat process, continuing until all cookies are frosted/sprinkled. Let the frosting set up (firm up) slightly before serving the cookies. Enjoy!
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