These are especially fun for kids to make--they'll love squishing the dough balls together to make each marble. Cream cheese gives the cookies richness and chewiness. Just make sure both the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature before you start so that they'll incorporate fully into the dough. The food coloring is optional. Omit it if you like-or add more if you prefer a more vibrant green.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
13 mins
additional:
17 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 cookies
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

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  • Put 1 3/4 cups sugar, butter, cream cheese, baking powder, salt, and peppermint and vanilla extracts in a bowl. Cream together with a mixer until well blended, 2 or 3 minutes. Mix in egg until incorporated. Add 2 cups of the flour; mix on low speed until incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes (dough will be very soft).

  • Divide dough roughly in half and transfer one half to another bowl. Mix in food coloring, if using, and remaining 1/2 cup flour into one half of dough. Mix cocoa powder into other half. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl.

  • Pinch off about 1 teaspoon of green dough and roll into a small ball; repeat with remaining green dough. Do the same with chocolate dough. To make each cookie, line up 4 small balls of dough in a row, alternating colors: green, chocolate, green, chocolate. Squish the 4 small dough balls together and roll lightly into 1 big ball. Roll in sugar; set on prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Repeat with remaining dough.

  • Bake until cookie edges start to turn golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

Cookies keep up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature, or up to 3 months frozen.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 40.3g; fat 10.8g; cholesterol 37.6mg; sodium 158.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2017
My book club raved about these cookies! My main advice is to follow the direction about size of dough balls so your cookies won t end up oversized like mine. (But as I say my friends clamored for the recipe anyway!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2020
We just made these according to the directions. It made 49 cookies, each about 2" in diameter. They are chewy and flavorful. They were fun to make with my grandson and granddaughter. We are curious why the recipe says it makes 18 cookies. Did we make them too small? They were baked perfectly at 14 minutes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2017
My book club raved about these cookies! My main advice is to follow the direction about size of dough balls so your cookies won t end up oversized like mine. (But as I say my friends clamored for the recipe anyway!) Read More
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