Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread


Have you ever been in that situation where everything you planned just doesn’t work out? I bet many of us reading this have been in that situation – even more than once. Well, this was the situation I found myself Christmas four years ago.

I had forgotten to get the family tree so that just led to a series of unfortunate events. For some reason, my kids were particularly hyper about lights and Christmas tree that year; they kept mentioning it anytime we talked about new toys. I felt it was nice that everyone was getting into the spirit of Christmas finally in the house. My kids were 5 and 6 then.

Anyways, like I said I forgot to pick the trees before all the stores sold out all good ones, so I had to just get one of the trees no wanted (bad me, I know). I was supposed to help my wife with dinner too but I couldn’t get home in time to help out – so that didn’t go as planned too.

However, it was that evening that I found life hack that has since helped as well as savor what was left of Christmas Eve that year. I saw my neighbor coming out of his house and told him what happened. He then sent me the link to a recipe that I have since named Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread.

The recipe saved my holidays and it might just save yours or even add more color to a wonderful time of the year.

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread



  • Light brown sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Natural cane sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Sea salt – ½ tsp.
  • Vanilla extract – ¼ tsp
  • All-purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/3 cup
  • Peppermint extract – ½ tsp.
  • Stick – 1; plus unsalted butter – 2tbsp

Extra Ingredients 

  • Bar of Dark chocolate – 3.5 oz.
  • Peppermint extract – ¼ tsp
  • Flaky salt for garnishing (optional)


  • Beat the butter and both sets of sugar until the resulting mixture becomes fluffy in a stand mixer or paddle attachment.
  • Add the salt, vanilla, peppermint, and beat those into the mix.
  • Add cocoa, flour until it becomes adequately mixed. Do not over mix.
  • Try your best to roll the dough into a log that is about 2 inches; then wrap it in plastic and keep for at least an hour. You can also decide to roll it out and cut it into shapes using a cookie cutter.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Slice the cookie log into ½ inch coins and place them on the sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges become just dry. The center will look raw but you shouldn’t worry about that – just pull them out.
  • While cooling, melt the chocolate in a microwave or glass bowl over simmering water.
  • Add the rest of the peppermint extract and stir.
  • Drizzle it on the cookies.
  • Sprinkle flaky salt and enjoy

Note: The cookies will stay at room temperature for about 3 days. This recipe will come in handy during the holidays.

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