Scratch Made: Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Yeah, I’m about 3 weeks late with this post.

I know the holidays are over.

I should be posting my resolutions and goals instead of a cookie recipe, but I can’t help it.

Maybe one goal I have this year is to eat more cookies.


I’ve been debating whether or not to share this recipe. It’s one I whipped out of nowhere that actually turned out really good.  So good that my husband – who isn’t the biggest fan of mint and chocolate – loved them.

And would you believe I’d never made crinkle cookies before this? I know – I’m way behind on my baking bucket list.

After snatching up a bag of candy cane Hershey’s Kisses, I had dreams of these cookies.


What I wanted?

Minty striped kisses barely melted into a deep, rich chocolate crinkle cookie. 


I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. And the cookies were good.

Bonus points for this recipe: No one knew they were whole wheat – I like finding tricky ways to get more whole wheat into my family and friends, and chocolate is one of the best ways to do it.


Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa
  • 24 Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses
  1. Mix cocoa and melted butter and let cool slightly.
  2. Mix in 1/2 cup of the flour, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  3. Beat in the last 1/2 cup of flour.
  4. Cover and chill the dough about 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  6. In small bowl or dish, combine powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp cocoa.
  7. Roll dough into 1” balls, roll in powdered sugar/cocoa mix and place on baking sheet.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes until cracked and set.
  9. Let cookies sit for about 30 seconds and then place one Hershey’s Candy Cane Kiss on each cookie.
  10. After another 30 seconds – 1 minute, move cookies to a cooling rack/plate/cutting board to cool.




I love mint + chocolate together, so these were some of the best things I ate this holiday season. You can make them even more minty by adding just a 1/4 tsp peppermint extract to the dough, but even if you’re not a huge fan of mint, these cookies are still a fun recipe to make.

Either way, you’ll be left with very festive cookies – the red and white stripes will set these apart from any other cookie at the table.



  1. So festive and pretty!

  2. I saw those candies in the store and wondered if someone could come up with a great cookie for them. Those look fabulous :-)

  3. Those look delicious and so cute! Who cares about the holidays being over…isn’t that technically today anyway? 12 days of Christmas!

  4. ooooh these look dangerously good. i didn’t know hershey’s made candy cane kisses! brilliant

  5. I’ve never seen those kisses before – so festive! And I think eating more cookies is a great resolution :D

  6. Love this idea! And cookies are great all year round! :)

  7. It’s never too late for Christmas cookies! :)

    And those peppermint kisses were an addiction and a half! So amazing… I kept sneaking them out of the bag…

    • They are, aren’t they? I still have about 4 left in a bowl on my kitchen counter and I’m surprised they’re still there.

  8. It’s never too late to share a cookie recipe :)

  9. BEAUTIFUL cookies!

    And please, we just discussed how far behind I am with holiday posts ;)

  10. I’ve never had those hershey’s mint kisses before, yum! i bet they are phenomenal with the chocolate!

  11. These are so cute, I love them!!!

  12. I love the candy cane hershey kisses! They are one of my favorites.

  13. I think that’s a great goal. I want to have more cookies in 2011 too, or at least bake more. :-)

  14. Those look delicious! And cookie recipes are always welcome to be shared. :)

  15. I’m in love.

    I found those kisses at Target and melted them onto pretzels (also delicious!), but I totally need to make these cookies :)


  16. I would also like to make more cookies this year… Which also means eating more cookies :) But, it’s all for the good of my blog, right?? Hehe these look awesome!!

  17. I’m starting to want to bake again…so I think this is the perfect time to post this recipe ;) The cookies are gorgeous. So winter appropriate.

  18. That resolution sounds good to me. And I agree with Amanda – it’s not too late to post Christmas cookies. You made it before Epiphany so you’re good. Plus if it’s really going to snow this weekend, mint chocolate cookies would be perfect on a snow day!

  19. Um, these look INCREDIBLE!! Must make soon.

  20. They look so good! And how good are those hershey kisses? I wouldn’t have been able to refrain from eating them all before they made it into the cookie.

  21. Those cookies are sooo pretty! And sound pretty stinkin’ delicious too!

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  25. if i make these, i may have to eat all of them. therefore, i will not make them and just instead, go buy a bag of candy cane hershey kisses because they are that. dang. good.

    • :) At least they’re whole wheat!

      And it only makes 2 dozen, so that wouldn’t be too horribly bad…

  26. seeing as my cookie swap is in a couple of weeks, it’s not too late! these sound fantastic :)

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  29. Oh God !! those …. (I am seriously drooling ) look so yum I am going to try to find those kisses and get my girl to make this :)

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  31. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I’d been using a similar recipe for whole wheat crinkles. I’m not sure why yours is so much better, but it is! I substituted half canola/half olive oil for the butter as I needed a non-dairy recipe (I also omitted the kisses). It came out wonderfully so I can only imagine how delicious these would be with butter and mint kisses.

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