Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Enjoy melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness with these Chocolate Minty Melts, mint chocolate crinkle cookies topped with chocolate kisses that melt into little knobs of chocolate.

plate of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with plates of other cookies

Are you looking for a cookie that’s simple, deliciously addictive, and a little bit different than what’s typically on the Christmas cookie plate? Then it’s time you baked up a batch of Chocolate Minty Melts, our family’s favorite mint chocolate crinkle cookies that get a little kiss of chocolate for garnish.

Not only are the easy to make, but they freeze beautifully, making them the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations.

These cookies are actually a result of a happy accident. I was baking up our Christmas Cookies and decided to experiment. In mixing up this recipe for Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies, mint chocolate crinkle cookies, I decided to tweak it some more. I took the basic dough, thickened it with a tad more flour, simplified it with cocoa, and then put a mint chocolate Hershey kiss in the center.

I assumed that the kiss would hold its shape when I baked it. Obviously, I don’t regularly bake with Hershey’s kisses, because they did not. The first batch had half melted kisses in the center. Kind of like lopsided party hats.

I quickly googled “peanut butter blossoms” and Facebooked my woes only to discover that you’re supposed to put the kiss on after baking. Well, that still resulted in half-melted kisses in the center anyway.

Since I don’t like to look at ugly cookies, I played around some more. I poked the little kiss tip into the pool of melted chocolate and found that I liked the look better. I got out my offset spatula and set out to smoothing the tops of all the kisses. Crisis averted and a new cookie discovered. Par-tay!

Now to be clear, if you can’t find the Mint Chocolate Kisses, similar to what was available in 2010 and you use regular kisses, the chocolate may seize and refuse to spread into a beautiful little button of chocolate. For best results, add the kisses as soon as you pull the cookies from the oven. They will melt in just a minute, allowing you to spread the chocolate into a purty li’l button.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Chocolate Kisses

How do you make chocolate crinkle cookies?

Also known as chocolate crackle cookies or chocolate earthquake cookies, these gems are made from a chocolate cookie dough rolled in powdered sugar before baking. The rising and expansion of the cookie in the oven causes the cookie to bust out of its sugar coating, leaving little crinkles or cracks in the white powdered sugar exterior.

Can I freeze chocolate crinkle cookies?

Absolutely! In fact, we think that the taste best cold from the freezer. Since these Chocolate Minty Melts have little knobs of chocolate in the center, I recommend letting them soften just a tad so you don’t break a tooth.

To freeze, layer the baked and cooled cookies in an airtight container, separating the layers with parchment or waxed paper.

How long do chocolate crinkle cookies last?

Stored in an airtight container, these cookies will last about 4 days at room temperature and several months in the freezer.

Do I have to use mint chocolate kisses?

No. If you can’t find the mint variety, you can use regular chocolate kisses. The end result will just be a tad less minty.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookieson plate with candy cane and ornament

How do I make these cookies affordably?

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies more economical:

How I make easy Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies?

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on plate with candy canes aside

3.5 from 4 votes
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Kisses
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
16 mins

Enjoy melt-in-your mouth deliciousness with these Chocolate Minty Melts, mint-infused chocolate crinkle cookies topped with chocolate kisses.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, chocolate cookies, chocolate mint cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies, mint, peppermint
Servings: 42 cookies
Calories: 67 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Hershey chocolate mint kisses wrappers removed
  • powdered sugar for rolling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt; set aside. 

  3. In another mixing bowl, beat the butter with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugars until well combined. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and mint extract. Stir in the flour mixture.

  4. Cover and chill the dough for about 30 minutes.

  5. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and roll the balls in powdered sugar. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are crackled. Press the chocolate kisses into the center of each cookie ball immediately. 

  7. While the chocolate is still warm and melty, smooth the tops of the chocolate kisses with an offset spatula. Cool completely.

  8. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer to wire racks. 

Recipe Notes

To store: place the cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Regular chocolate kisses can be used instead of the chocolate peppermint kisses.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Kisses
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 79IU2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kristen deweese says

    We are making these right now!! Been waiting for this recipe so I guessed what ingredients I might need! I was right!

  2. Amy Auger says

    When I make peanut butter kisses you bake the cookie for 8 or so minutes first and then add the kisses before baking the final 2-3 minutes. The kisses maintain their shape that way!!! Give it a try 🙂

  3. Hattie says

    OOOOoooooo, those look so yummy!

  4. I’m going to add these to my cookie baskets for sure! Thanks!

  5. keli says

    i add my kissses when the cookies come out of the oven, then pop them in the freezer for a min or two. (Just don’t forget them in there! We discovered a plate of cookies tonight that we forgot yesterday when we were baking!)

  6. Stop it now! You’re SO making me drool on my keyboard. I think I know what we’re doing tomorrow afternoon….

  7. Nikki says

    These look sooooo good! We’re planning to bake some cookies today, and I briefly thought about changing which ones…but I don’t have any Kisses. *Sigh* Maybe next week!!!

  8. Koren Oldham says

    I have the same problem every year with the kiss melting. This year my kisses were frozen and the result was perfect looking cookies! I had stocked up on a Hershey kiss sale so they were stored in the freezer. Doing this for sure next time as well.

  9. jan says

    I’m thinking that this might also be good with a Hershey Cherry Kiss. Even if the cookie’s not chocolate.

  10. Robyn says

    I printed out this recipe this morning and have a question: the first paragraph of the directions mentions “beat in melted chocolate…” Am I not seeing it, or is there something missing about melted chocolate? Thanks!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      It was a typo. I took my old recipe and tweaked it and didn’t edit it properly. The directions should now be correct on this post. Sorry for the confusion!

      • Dana says

        @Jessica Fisher, Thanks for updating the recipe! I am making these cookies right now! I only have regular kisses so mine won’t be so minty. But I am sure they will be good. 🙂

  11. Natalie says

    What happens with the brown sugar? I don’t see it in the instructions -so I wasn’t sure if it should be in there or not! Thanks!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      It’s fixed. I must have been asleep when I edited the recipe. Sorry.

      • Natalie says

        @Jessica Fisher, I just left out the brown sugar since I had already mixed the batter up. I think they turned out great – and so did my family!

        I put the kisses on after I baked the cookies, hoping they would keep their shape (even though you had said yours melted). And, of course, you were right – they did melt. I had made the peanut butter blossoms last week and although the plain kisses get soft when you put them on the cookie after baking, they don’t melt away like the mint. When you eat a mint kiss, you can tell they are much softer to begin with that a regular kiss. I think that’s why they just melt away.

        Anyway, great recipe Jessica!

  12. Hmmm, looks so good! Since I’m not a big fan of minty, I’ll just eliminate the peppermint and hopefully they still turn out!

    • @Miranda, YUM! YUM! I made these yesterday without the peppermint and they still tasted fabulous! What a great recipe, Jessica. Even my mom wants the recipe ;). Merry Christmas!

  13. Debbie says

    I just made these today and they are so yummy! I didn’t have any Hershey’s kisses, so I crushed some peppermint candy canes and sprinkled on top of the cookies and they came out great!

  14. Pamela J says

    I would love to try these cookies. Until I read the comments though, I thought the mint Kisses was a typo. I cannot find them anywhere!!! I tried the grocery store and Walgreens. Does anyone know if Walmart has them? Somewhere else? Help, please.

    • Jessica Fisher says

      @Pamela J, I bought them at Walmart.

      • Mark says

        @Jessica Fisher,

        Are you sure these are the Chocolate Mint Kisses and not the Mint Truffle Kisses? I didn’t see any at Target today, but I’ve been missing them for the past few years. If Wal-mart has them, my wallet is going to empty out quickly.

        • Jessica Fisher says

          To be honest, I didn’t read the bag very carefully. It said Mint and Hersheys. The inside of the candy is green if that helps. So, it could quite possibly be a mint truffle. 😉

  15. Kelly says

    Those look awesome! I just started my holiday baking and I’m looking forward to hopefully trying new recipes for this holiday season.

  16. Nikki says

    We just made these cookies yesterday, and they are as good as they look. I’m so glad that I doubled the recipe! Here are some pictures of my children enjoying cookies, the older two children. We’re mean parents and don’t let our children have cookies and such until they turn one. Poor Rachel is only 10 months old.

  17. Sarah says

    I’ve made these twice…so good! I used the candy cane kisses and regular milk choc kisses. (couldn’t find the mint choc ones…will be on the lookout) I rolled some with powdered sugar and some with regular sugar coating…all delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Kelly says

    I went to 3 different stores looking for the mint kisses and had to settle for junior mints. Can’t wait to try these tomorrow!

  19. These are my husband’s new FAVORITE cookies! I added them to my Christmas cookie list this year since he loves anything with chocolate and mint. I made half with candy cane kisses and half with mint truffle kisses (dark chocolate with green on the inside). They are both delicious. I’m pretty sure I will be making them frequently.

  20. Eden Fisher says

    5 stars
    They are so good they are a little bit messy to make with all the powdered sugar but aside from that they are fun to make. and pretty quick to make. and we all like when they’re quick ( the quicker there done the quicker you can eat them and we all love to hear that) they are so delicious I love that it tastes a little like a s’more.

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