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Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Trees

Rich dark chocolate decorated with mint icing and mint candy is pure holiday delight.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

35 min.

Total Time:

 1 hr., 35 min.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, at room temp.
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5-6 hard round peppermint candies, crushed


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; reserve. On medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar and peppermint extract until fluffy. On low speed, gradually beat in reserved flour mixture until dough forms. Shape into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 30 min.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼” thickness. Using 3″ tree-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies, rerolling scraps. Transfer to baking sheets, placing 1″ apart. Bake until baked through, 10–12 min. Let cool.
  3. Stir together confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tbs. water and vanilla. Drizzle over cookies; sprinkle with peppermint candies.

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