Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s like eating Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in the form of a warm, buttery, gooey cookie. For those days when curling up by the fire with a cookie sounds better than being outside in the freezing cold with an ice cream cone. Perfectly green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

People who know my kids are always going on about how laid back and “easy” they are. They just don’t really demand as much attention as some kids. (I just know I’m going to get major payback come the teen years). I think that if my kids lived thousands of years ago, they would have been eliminated by natural selection by now. I would be out picking berries or something, set my baby down somewhere, and forget about them because they are so quiet.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

My sister was saying one time that natural selection is probably the reason toddlers are so adorably cute. After the 15th tantrum in a row, the ugly ones were removed from the evolutionary cycle, or in other words strangled by their frazzled mothers.


The result? Completely non-strangle-able children. With duckfaces to boot.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Do you guys love Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream? True confession here…it’s not my favorite. I LOVE mint, but I hate the teeny tiny pieces of waxy chocolate. Why don’t they make Mint Fudge Swirl Ice Cream? Or how bout just MINT? I would love that.

Anyway, these cookies are perfect for me because I get All The Mint, minus waxy chocolate, plus gooey melty darkness. WIN. These would be super fun to make for St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: about 28 large cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more to taste)
  • about 10 drops of green food coloring
  • 3 and 1/4 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line one or more baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then beat on medium for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs + yolk, peppermint extract, and food coloring.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and combine until the flour is not quite incorporated.
  5. Add half of the chocolate chips to the dough.* Chop the other half coarsely, with a knife or in a food processor.
  6. Add the chopped chocolate to the dough, and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover the dough and refrigerate for about an hour.**
  8. Use a 2-inch cookie scoop to form balls of dough and drop them on the cookie sheet. These are very large cookies, I only did 8 cookies per pan.
  9. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes, or until BARELY starting to brown on the edges. The centers should mostly be not-shiny when you take them out, but a little shine is okay.
  10. Let cool 5 minutes on the pan, then remove to a cooling rack.


*I reserved about 1/3 cup of the whole chips and pushed them into the baked cookies immediately after taking them out of the oven.

**Chilling is not mandatory. You can bake them right after you mix it, I tried it. They will still turn out fine. I prefer the texture and flavor after a little chilling though.

Source: adapted from Little Dairy on the Prairie

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan

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(P.S. Did you know that Mint chocolate chip ice cream usually uses peppermint, not mint flavor? So really the only difference between Christmas-y peppermint cookies and St. Patrick’s Day ones is that one is red and the other is green :)

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  1. says

    OK, I have to admit I totally came over here after seeing your facebook post about this recipe and the email you received… after rolling my eyes and then laughing out loud of course :) Too funny. Anyways, I love the story and that little duck face photo. Too cute for words! I love mint chocolate chip, mostly because I will love anything with chocolate in it. These cookies look incredible and so melty!
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  2. says

    Haha. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to look back and see if my baby was in the car. She’s so quiet and half the time I think I’ve forgotten her. In your defense, the crib is probably the safest place to be. That’s totally something that I would accidentally do.

  3. says

    This is so going to be me when I have kids. I am so easily side tracked. One minute I’ll be thinking, Go get junior, and the next minute I’ll be thinking about needing butter and out the door I go (sans child). Meh, no worries. He was asleep. It’s not like he’s going to remember, but it’s sure going to make one heck of a good story later. Love these cookies. Pinned.

  4. says

    Don’t feel bad about leaving Truman behind to finish his nap!! Seriously, it probably would’ve been worse had you woken him up. Although now I’m going to have nightmares about leaving my far-off-in-the-future toddlers at home and forgetting to baby-proof everything and coming home to utter destruction. Or at least a completely empty jar of peanut butter. (I still laugh thinking about your “Skippy seat” picture on Instagram!) ;) Pinned!
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  5. says

    I wish my kids would be quiet enough that I would forget them. Quiet sounds really nice…
    These are gorgeous. I’m not the hugest mint chip fan when it comes to ice cream either, but in a cookie like this, heck yeah!
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  6. Sarah says

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I just made them for St.Patricks day! They are sooooo amazing and tasty! One of my new favourites that I will be adding to my recipes. Thanks so much!

  7. Abbie says

    I am not one to post, but these are BEYOND worthy!!! I have never tried crack, but can imagine these are as addicting!! There was no way I could just stop at 1!! I will admit I was curious when I saw no brown sugar and cream of tarter. I am so glad to have found you, and these, although my bum is not. These might just be my all time world favorite cookie!!! Thanks. Sincerely, your newest fan!!

  8. says

    These cookies look amazing! Any idea how much xanthan gum to use if it is not included in the gluten free flour blend? I would to try these tonight! Thanks

    • says

      Hi there! I’m sorry, I don’t bake with gluten free flours very often so I’m not the person to ask! How about the Google Fairy? :) My good friend Sarah over at Snixy Kitchen bakes gluten free–you might poke around some of her baked goods recipes to see what the xanthan to flour ratio is.

  9. Sharina says


    I have never made any cookie before and I replicated your recipe. First off the flavor was sooooo good!! But my cookies came out like little cakes very airy. What did I do wrong? If you could please reply I would appreciate it! Thanks

  10. says

    I cannot wait t try these cookies. I definitely would have left my shopping cart behind & gone home to get my child. I would hate to think about my young ones awakening & finding me gone, becoming scared. Or, Heaven forbid there was a house fire.

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