You will love these delicious, gooey chocolate cookies, stuffed with a York Peppermint Patties surprise!

You can’t beat the flavor combination that comes from peppermint and chocolate together. These Peppermint Patty cookies are the perfect testament to that. They are the ultimate soft and gooey cookie made with a rich chocolate cake mix, that’s perfectly offset by a cool peppermint center. 

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Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies

These Peppermint Patty cookies are a staple with my holiday baking. With just five ingredients needed, they are one of the easiest cookies that I make during this season. But, they definitely don’t fall short when it comes to their deliciousness.

The use of cake mix and cream cheese makes a soft and gooey cookie. Just looking at these, you’d never know that they are filled with a creamy peppermint patty! These are not only a hit when it comes to holiday sweets, but they also make for a great homemade gift to give.

P.S. I have to thank my friend Amy for the recipe inspiration!

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Simple ingredients list (only 5 items needed!)
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Perfect flavors for the holidays
  • Easily customized to make them more festive
  • They are a wonderful homemade gift


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 4 ounces or ½ brick of cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup butter softened 
  • 1 egg
  • 20 peppermint patties

Variations & Add-ins

  • CAKE MIX: You can switch things up and use whatever cake mix you like. If you want richer, chocolatey cookies you could use devil’s food cake. You could also use triple chocolate. Swiss Miss even makes a hot chocolate flavored cake mix, which would be fabulous for this recipe!
  • CREAM CHEESE & BUTTER: These should both be brought to room temperature so that they are nice and soft and mix into your cookie dough easily.
  • SPRINKLES: A fun and easy way to make these cookies a bit more festive is to sprinkle them with red and green sanding sugar, or holiday shaped sprinkles.


How to Make Peppermint Patty Cookies

There are really only three major steps to constructing these cookies, once you’ve mixed the batter! You simply repeat those 3 steps until you’ve used all your cookie dough, then bake. It’s so simple.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together cake mix, cream cheese, butter, and egg.
  3. Roll dough into 1 ½ tbsp sized balls.chocolate cookie dough rolled in a ball
  4. Flatten one ball in your hand.
  5. Place one peppermint patty on top.Peppermint Patty on raw cookie dough
  6. Fold the dough around the patty, covering it completely.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.Peppermint Patty Cookies being baked
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Cool slightly before serving.
    Peppermint Patty Cookies baked

We love making them for Christmas Cookie Exchanges! Just spread some icing on top of the cookies and we love to crush some peppermint and sprinkle it on top!


  • I used a cookie scoop to help with shaping the dough balls for my cookies. You want to end up with about 20 cookie balls. The scoop helps keep them all even in size.
  • It’s important to make sure that the peppermint pattie is completely covered up by the dough when you are assembling the cookies! You don’t want the patty to leak out and make a mess all over the pan in the oven.

How to Store Peppermint Patty Cookies

A common question is whether or not these cookies need to be stored in the fridge. They do not. They can simply be stored in an airtight container on the countertop. However, you can place them in the fridge as well. I actually prefer them chilled a bit. It really makes the peppermint flavor pop!

4.58 from 7 votes
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Peppermint Patty Cookies

Serves — 20
Cake mix cookies stuffed with York Peppermint Patties! A delicious and easy mint chocolate cookie recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 20 peppermint patties


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix together cake mix, cream cheese, butter and egg.
  • Portion into 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls (I used a cookie scoop to help with this). You should end up with approximately 20 cookie balls.
  • Take one ball and flatten it in your hand. Place the peppermint patty on top and fold the cookie dough around the patty to cover it completely.
  • Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until cracked and no longer glossy.
  • Cool slightly before serving, or cool completely before packaging for gifts.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. The picture shows a frosting on these cookies… I see the crushed peppermint candies, but what frosting do you recommend for topping these?