Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Chocolate cookie dough, with peppermint extract added to the batter, and then cookie dough balls rolled in spearmint sugar.  Like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie….but a million times better (sorry Girl Scouts!).  Plus that crackle finish from rolling in spearmint sugar and powdered sugar!!  These cookies are easy to make and cheaper than the Girl Scout variety.

I made these cookies special for Ethan and his first day of 5th grade.  Ethan loves chocolate (the darker the better) and mint.  And he loves coffee flavored ice cream and treats.  A 10-year old with the palate of an adult hahahaha.  Take this boy to the grocery store and tell him he can get a candy bar, and he will grab a Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar.  No joke!

So to celebrate Ethan’s first day school, I had to make him some cookies!  Something yummy for after school and to put in his lunch for the rest of the week 🙂

So while Ethan was enjoying his first day of school, I was in the kitchen baking these cookies up just in time for him to get out of school!

I used Allstar Organics Spearmint Sugar that Foodlyn sent me!  I love the soft, fluffy texture of their sugars…it’s like sugar dust 🙂  You can buy their sugar online at Foodlyn and have it delivered directly to your doorstep.  How easy is that?!

Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: 13-minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (I used LorAnn Oils Peppermint Bakery Emulsion)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons powder sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Allstar Organics Spearmint Sugar



In the bowl of your stand mixer, affixed with the paddle attachment, add the butter and beat on medium-high speed until creamy. Add the brown sugar to the butter and mix until light and fluffy. Change the mixer to low speed and add the eggs, one at a time, into the mixture. Mix the first egg in completely before adding the second egg. Add the peppermint extract into the mixer. Change mixer to medium-high speed and mix the batter until light and fluffy and all ingredients are incorporated.


Change the mixer to low speed and slowly add the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until barely combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber scraper to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated. Place cookie dough in the freezer for 30-mintes to chill.


Once dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350-degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare the topping by combining the powder sugar with the spearmint sugar in a small bowl.


Remove the cookie dough from the freezer and use a standard sized cookie scoop to scoop cookie dough balls. Roll the cookie dough balls completely in the sugar topping. Place cookie dough balls a few inches apart on the cookie sheets.


Bake cookies one sheet at a time, in 350-degree oven, for 13-minutes. Let cookies set on the cookie sheet for 2-minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies will stay fresh for several days.

A plate of homemade cookies ready for Ethan after a long day at school!  Can you see the hint of green from the spearmint sugar?!

What was your favorite after school snack?!  Cookies were always my favorite…or a huge bowl of ice cream.  Or way too much candy.  My mom went back to work full time once I was in middle school, so with no parents home, I probably didn’t make the best snack choices after school hehehe.  But you’re only a kid once 😉



PS- I have linked this recipe up at the following link parties: The Pin Junkie, The Pretty Pintastic Party, Sugar and Spice, Meal Plan Monday, and Cookie Plan Monday!

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  • Reply
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 18, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    That’s so funny that Ethan loves dark chocolate! Now it’s my favorite but I used to gag trying to eat it when I was younger :). These cookies looks amazing! First days of school would have been much easier for me as a kid if I knew I had these beauties to look forward to. Have a great weekend, Kelly!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks Kelsie!! I agree that having cookies to come home to after school is always a fun treat 🙂 XOXO Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    August 18, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    What a special treat for your handsome boy. He looks like he is all ready for school. These cookies look fabulous. I’m pretty sure that I am going to like them more than I like the girl scout cookies. Thank you for sharing. Pinned and shared.

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 12:53 PM

      Thank you Amy! Ethan was super excited about the first day of school 🙂 I hope you try these cookies! They are seriously amazing! Thanks so much for pinning and sharing!! Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    Milena | Craft Beering
    August 18, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Well Ethan is one lucky boy! First – you made these cookies. Second – you left some for him. Third – he likes dark chocolate. I bought my boy some ice cream:) He doesn’t know yet that other moms make fresh cookies for after school. Pinned to pair with stout. Maybe I will make him these cookies soon:)

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks Milena! These are super easy to make and I am sure your son would love these! And James took Ethan to get frozen yogurt too hehehe. It’s kind of their thing 🙂 Thanks for pinning! XOXO

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    August 18, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    You are the sweetest!! Will you make me some cookies for my first day of…September? 😉 These look so chocolatey, minty, delicious!!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 1:10 PM

      Hehehe of course Katherine! I’ll get working on sending some your way 😉 And thank you darling! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  • Reply
    Julie Pollitt
    August 18, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Mmm… the cookies looks soooo yummy! I am going to have to try those. I have an Ethan, too. I hope your Ethan had a great first week of school!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2017 at 1:12 PM

      Thanks Julie! That is so cute that you have an Ethan too!! I hope you try these cookies! Have a great weekend! XOXO

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    Maria Doss
    August 21, 2017 at 6:12 AM

    Honestly, I’m not a fan of mint and chocolate combination (yeah… which universe am I from??). However, my daughter is a HUGE fan, so I try to whip up some treats for her. I can totally assure you, that she will totally love these. Crinkle cookies are always so fun to bake!!! Have a great week Kelly

    • Reply
      August 21, 2017 at 7:43 AM

      Thanks Maria! Chocolate and mint isn’t my favorite combo either, so Ethan totally got ALL of these cookies hehehe. I am sure your daughter would totally love these! Have a great week too Maria! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 22, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Those cookies sound delish and minty!! Love the crackly tops! Ethan definitely has a good taste ;).

    • Reply
      August 22, 2017 at 8:52 PM

      Thanks Deepika! Ethan definitely loved these cookies 🙂 It was the perfect amount of mint and chocolate! XOXO

  • Reply
    August 23, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Yum Kelly! Pinning to my cookie board so I can make them over the holidays.

    • Reply
      August 24, 2017 at 6:41 AM

      Thank you Melissa! These cookies would totally be perfect for that holiday season. And super easy to whip up! XOXO 🙂

  • Reply
    August 24, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Ok – the last three sweets on your site are making me hungry (lol)!
    Thanks for sharing at the party – hope to see you at this week’s party:
    Its still & growing all week :)…

    • Reply
      August 24, 2017 at 9:44 PM

      Hahahah thanks Jodie….my blog makes me hungry too 😉 I go to bed dreaming about dessert recipes hahahah XOXO

  • Reply
    August 25, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    YES! I made muffins this week for lunches and snacking–wonder if I’ll do it again?? I’d liek to think I’ll do it weekly but WE’LL SEE! <3

  • Reply
    September 6, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Mint chocolate flies off the counters at this house :)! Thanks for sharing at this week’s reader tip tuesday…yum, yum, yum!

    • Reply
      September 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM

      Thanks Jodie! Mint chocolate flied off the counters here too hehehe 🙂

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    Janice Thomas
    December 5, 2017 at 7:03 AM

    I’ve been wanting to add in a cookie to my collection ever since this year my hubby decided he loved this flavor combo! Can’t wait to make this for him! Thanks for adding this to our Celebrate 365 Cookie Exchange Blog Hop!

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