I developed these cookies over the past two Christmases, testing and retesting until they were perfect. They are super pretty, rich, and chewy from the additions of mini marshmallows and hot chocolate mix with just the right amount of peppermint flavor from the crushed candy canes. They are also the perfect accompaniment to a steaming mug of hot cocoa on a snowy day.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 cookies
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 60 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Beat sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated. Stir vanilla extract and almond extract into butter mixture.

  • Whisk flour, hot chocolate mix, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl; stir into butter mixture until dough is smooth. Fold white chocolate into dough. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough, about 2-inches apart, onto baking sheets. Generously sprinkle crushed candy canes over cookie dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies are slightly crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately arrange marshmallows onto hot cookies; cool on baking sheets until set. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

Sometimes I like to add the marshmallows to the cookies 2 minutes before they are done baking, then return them to the oven so the marshmallows get a bit gooey.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 23.7g; fat 4.9g; cholesterol 15.4mg; sodium 85.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
Great recipe for using those leftover candy canes! They are like lace cookies as they really spread out--would suggest 6 per cookie sheet at a time. If you chill the dough for about 30 minutes you can roll them into 1 inch (or smaller) balls then you can just press them into the crushed candy canes. Had to use frozen almond bark in place of white chocolate. Melted it in microwave and mixed it in before chilling the dough. Cookies turned out great. This is a "keeper" recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/29/2017
So I made it w/ a few changes I did half butter half butter flavored crisco because since everyone said they flattened out so bad. Well they still flattened out ridiculously I had a tough time getting them off the pan. My best batch was put in the fridge before baking then baked on parchment paper and immediately after removing from the oven I took the parchment paper off the hot pan to finish cooling on a rack. I didn't taste much hot cocoa either. My thought is that there is just too much sugar in this recipe though the cookies were oddly addicting while still warm. I will not make this recipe again. Read More
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2013
I made these for my 4 year old daughter's cookie exchange at daycare. They were AWESOME!!!! I used baking powder instead of baking soda & I used Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
Great recipe for using those leftover candy canes! They are like lace cookies as they really spread out--would suggest 6 per cookie sheet at a time. If you chill the dough for about 30 minutes you can roll them into 1 inch (or smaller) balls then you can just press them into the crushed candy canes. Had to use frozen almond bark in place of white chocolate. Melted it in microwave and mixed it in before chilling the dough. Cookies turned out great. This is a "keeper" recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2013
We tried making these today for a change of pace and they'll make a perfect addition to our Christmas baking! The cookies turned out very chewy which my family loves. Since none of us really like mint we used raspberry flavoured candy canes instead and they turned out really well. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2014
Made these once and they spread out so much 1 dozen cookies covered my entire cookie sheet. Cut them apart with a pizza cutter and dropped some marshmallows in them. Thought they would taste better than they looked. Well partly. Although the cookie itself had a good flavor they were so sticky and chewie I had to chisel them off my teeth. Since they had a good flavor I thought I might try them again. Didn't soften the butter in the microwave and used a new box of baking soda. Nope it didn't help. Sitting here looking at the second batch of hot chocolate crispy wafers. Good idea horrible recipe. You'll do better to make a cup of hot cocoa put some marshmallows in it and stir it up with a candy cane. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/02/2014
They spread out way to thin and were inseparable from the pan. I was using homemade butter which I suspect was the problem. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/29/2017
So I made it w/ a few changes I did half butter half butter flavored crisco because since everyone said they flattened out so bad. Well they still flattened out ridiculously I had a tough time getting them off the pan. My best batch was put in the fridge before baking then baked on parchment paper and immediately after removing from the oven I took the parchment paper off the hot pan to finish cooling on a rack. I didn't taste much hot cocoa either. My thought is that there is just too much sugar in this recipe though the cookies were oddly addicting while still warm. I will not make this recipe again. Read More
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