Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Snaps (Think Thin Mints)

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With the Girl Scouts starting their rounds, I thought I would try a take on the most popular cookie ever – Thin Mints.  Personally, I think they are best when they are in the freezer.  So, I tried to make these chocolate peppermint snaps which were surprisingly close to a thin mint.  There are semi-chocolate chips in there, so the texture is not 100% close. It is a nice packable cookie that is made in only one bowl.  Pay attention to the time they are baked – if taken out too early the cookies are soft instead of crisp.  Better yet, test 3 cookies in the oven to perfect the baking time.

If you aren’t into Thin Mints, then check out this recipe I made from last year.  It is a copycat of the Girl Scout’s  coconut caramel cookiesSamoa Bars.

Chocolate Peppermint Snaps
yield about 36 cookies

3/4 cup (12 Tb.) unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar  (3.8 oz)
1/2 cup sugar (3.5 oz)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 and 1/2 cups AP Flour  (6.25 oz.)
1/4 cup natural cocoa (.75 oz.)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In a great big bowl, or in the mixing bowl attached to your mixer, add the butter and sugars.  Beat until fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
2.  Add egg and scrape the sides.
3.  Add vanilla and peppermint.  Mix.
4.  Add dry stuff:  flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Mix until just barely combined.
5.  Add chocolate chips and stir.
6.  I used my medium cookie scoop – about 1-2 Tb. of cookie dough.  They will spread a bit, so leave about 2″ of space in between cookies.
7.  Bake 12-13 minutes on a lined baking sheet.  Or 10-12 minutes on unlined baking sheet.
8.  Remove and cool 5 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour


  1. In the picture it shows chopped candy canes but they are not listed in the ingredients. Just wondering if you put them in and how much? Thanks. They look yummy.

    1. I did put them in, however, the candy canes that I had crushed kind of “melted” into the cookie and didn’t look as pretty as I was hoping. That is why I didn’t include them… just like adding sprinkles. You can take them or leave ’em. I would advise putting crushed candy canes on last minute in the baking process. I think I crushed like 3-4 mini candy canes and didn’t use all of it because I only put them on half the cookies as an experiment. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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