No-Bake Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies


We’ll be honest: these are really more of a confection then a cookie, but that’s all the more reason to give them a spin this season. The peppermint candies that get pressed into the dough give these slice and bake sweets a festive look but they’re not your only option. You could just as easily roll this no-bake dough in crushed toasted pistachios or even roasted cocoa nibs for a double chocolate experience. These are on the delicate side so you’ll want to slice these just before serving. Put them out after a big holiday meal or leave a plate for Santa and his elves.

No-Bake Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies
Photo: Romulo Yanes
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 9-oz. pkgs. chocolate wafer cookies

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese

  • Pinch of salt

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for work surface

  • 2 cups crushed hard peppermint candies


  1. Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, mascarpone, and salt. Process until the dough forms a ball, 20 to 30 seconds.

  2. Dust the work surface with the cocoa. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a 10-inch log. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Transfer the crushed candies to a piece of parchment paper. Roll each log in the candy until covered. Cut the logs into ½-inch slices and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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