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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies: Festive Bright Green Treats

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are a mouthwatering treat for the mint chocolate lovers in your life. This small-batch chocolate chip cookie recipe is the perfect combination of mint, chocolate, and a soft, chewy texture, all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day or any holiday, with simple ingredients and no chilling time.

Side view of stacked Mint Chocolate Chips Cookies on a tea plate with tea in the background.

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I don’t know too many people who aren’t fans of chocolate chip cookies. These giant mint cookies are very similar, oozing with melting chocolate and that distinct vanilla flavor we love. These are all of that… plus an added hint of minty goodness.

If you love mint, festive green colors, and chocolate… and are looking for something fun to bake, this cookie recipe is definitely worth your time.

Plus, the recipe makes fewer cookies than a full batch, making it nice for teatime or celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with, perhaps, Corned Beef and Cabbage or Irish Stew.


Top view of chopped chocolate and mint chocolates on a parchment lined wood cutting board.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ingredients

The ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a quick overview of the mostly pantry ingredients you’ll need when making these delicious cookies!

  • Butter: I prefer salted butter but unsalted butter works well too.
  • Sugar: All you need is granulated sugar in this recipe
  • Flour: I recommend all-purpose flour, but all the all-purpose gluten-free flours work well too.
  • Leavening: We’re using a combination of baking soda and baking powder for the best rise and flavor.
  • Large egg for structure.
  • Extracts: Vanilla extract and mint extract. My preference is peppermint extract and a little goes a long way. You can definitely eliminate this if you prefer but it does give the cookies that delicious minty flavor.
  • Color: To make the cookies green, I added a small dap of kelly green food gel but you could also use a few drops of green food color.
  • Chocolate: Use your favorite chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark) and a chocolate mint candy, like Andes.

How to Make Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here is a quick overview.

Preheat oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

1

Make the cookie dough.

Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the egg, extracts, and food color until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips and mint chocolates.

Top view of mint chocolate chip cookie dough with chocolate chips and chopped mint candies in a stand mixer bowl.
2

Scoop the dough into a sheet pan.

Roll or scoop cookie dough and roll into balls (I like to use a 2-3 tablespoons cookie scoop (affiliate link)). Place them evenly spaced on your prepared cookie sheets.

Top view of unbaked Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
3

Bake the cookies.

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on their size. Remove them from the oven when the edges just begin to brown and the centers look set. Let them sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe to make more cookies. Just adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly.

Which mint extract is best in these cookies?

Both peppermint and mint extracts work well in this recipe. Peppermint extract has a stronger flavor than mint extract, so you may want to use slightly less to avoid overpowering the other flavors in the cookies. Adjust the quantity to your taste preference, and remember that a little goes a long way!

Can I omit the green food coloring?

Yes, the green food coloring is optional and is mainly used for aesthetic purposes to give the cookies a vibrant green color. Feel free to omit it if you prefer your cookies without artificial coloring.

Top view of Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies on a tea plate with a white linen.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Satisfy your sweet tooth with mint chocolate chip cookies. This easy recipe delivers a soft and chewy texture, perfect for St. Patrick's Day or a sweet indulgence.
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • green food gel or 6-8 drops of green food color
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate mint candies like Andes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Beat in egg, vanilla, mint extract, and food dye until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Fold in the flour mixture until combined.
  • Add chopped mint candy and chocolate chips, and mix well (I like to fold in the chocolate chips).
  • Roll or scoop cookie dough and roll into balls (I like to use a 2-3 tablespoons cookie scoop (affiliate link)). Place them evenly spaced on your prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes. Take them out when they are just barely starting to turn brown.
  • Let them sit on the baking pan for 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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