Mint Chip Sugar Cookies

 Sugar cookies are always a Holiday favorite! And what would the Holidays be without mint “everything”? These cookies are “melt in your mouth soft” and have the perfect amount of minty goodness!

Melt in your mouth! These are Santa's favorite!

It wasn’t until I was much older in life before I had the luxury of going out to get ice cream. I never realized there were so many flavors to choose from. Once I found out about mint chocolate chip, I rarely choose anything else. Eating minty desserts seems like the right thing to do during the Holidays! I love that these are as “melt in your mouth” soft as sugar cookies without all of the fuss. Let’s keep it real here, sometimes we women just don’t have time for all of that fuss…but still need a crowd pleasing cookie! This cookie will help you please your crowds and save you time to boot! Enjoy!!


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Amy Engberson About Amy Engberson

I live on a dairy with my husband and three boys. Although we are in the business of raising cattle, we really are in the business of raising boys. I am passionate about catching up with each other at meal times. My love language is food. And I hope that my men feel the love in every bite.


  1. Lori Glennon says:

    How much mint flavoring? I don’t see it in the recipe

    • I used 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract and about 3 drops of food coloring. They are listed in the ingredient list on the printable recipe. However, I’m an impulse baker and add ingredients randomly. With this recipe you can add more of less extract to taste. You can also adjust the food coloring to make the cookies the color of green that you prefer! Good luck and enjoy!

  2. Hello – I am eager to make these for my family. The recipe calls for 6 oz. of Andes Mint pieces. (Are you referring to the Andes chips? or are you chopping up the individually wrapped candies?

  3. Kassi Rolin says:

    Hi, at what temperature do you bake these at? You did not state that anywhere.

    Thank you!!

  4. shamene@sayitwithcake says:

    Hi! just wanted to let you know I featured your cookies on my blog today! Hope you can check it out!

  5. Hi!Where can I find peppermint extract??

    • I bought mine at a local grocery store. I think most grocery stores carry it next to the spices! I hope you find it…I think you will love it. I use it all the time this time of the year!

  6. Made these last night. . . Already GONE! My husband and I both took some into work had requests for more. Next batch already in the oven. My 10 year old said they were the best I’ve ever made. 🙂

  7. Great recipe, thank you. I had to adjust the oven temp to 325 because the cookies started turning brown, and i really wanted to preserve the green color for a Grinch theme. I also found the cookies were not spreading even after the cookie dough sat on the counter for a bit… So i just squished them down with my fingers to have flat cookies as opposed to dome shaped ones. Kids absolutely live them, they were a big hit 🙂

    • I wonder if the altitude affected the way your cookies baked! What a great idea to use them for a Grinch themed party! Glad they worked for you! I took these to a Christmas party over the weekend and my kids were arm wrestling over the last one!

  8. Hi there, I made these today and they are very, very tasty! I am wondering though if 3 cups of flour may be too much, or add an additional 1/2 cup of butter?. I made these exactly as written, however I had to add a couple of tablespoons of water so that the dough would be come, just that dough. Otherwise it was a crumbly mess. I loosely measured my flour, as I always do when baking, so just not sure where I went wrong? The taste is there, but next time I think some modifications are in order … For at least me anyway! Thanks for recipe, I do love the taste.

    • Darn! I’m not sure why they were crumbly. I have made them a few times since posting this recipe and had them turn out perfect every time. Hopefully you can try again and get them the way you want them!

  9. Did you really find that 3 drops of green dye was enough? I’ve put in nearly 10 drops (still baking as we speak!) and they just look brown/yellow…

    • When I bake I usually have extra hands, little hands, helping me! I know that the drops that my six year old put in where big ones!! So you may need to use more than three. Food coloring is one of those things that doesn’t really have to be exact. Just add enough until you get the green color that you like! Either way they taste amazing!

  10. Did you use salted or unsalted butter?

  11. Alex Balley says:

    I’m making these as we speak! I couldn’t find the Andes Baking Chips so I had to chop up the individually wrapped candies (pain in the butt! Lol) I also didn’t have cream of tarter, so I added some more baking powder. So we’ll see how these turn out. They seem to be leveling out fine and look good!! They also smell wonderful. I can’t wait to taste them!

    • Alex Balley says:

      Okay so I just tried one… They are delicious! The texture is fine with the substitution of more baking powder instead of cream of tarter. So yummy! Thanks for a great recipe! 🙂

  12. Hello, I just made these cookies and instead of turning out flat and smooth and green, mine turned brownish, and dry. Any idea what might have went wrong? I followed your recipe

    • Darn. It sounds like you needed to add more green food coloring to get that pretty green color. I’m wondering if you used a smaller cookie scoop than I did, which would cause them to be over baked and dry. My scoop is a barely larger than 2 Tablespoons. If you use a smaller scoop you would need to bake for a shorter amount of time. Sorry they didn’t work for you.

  13. I made these cookies today and they were delicious! My family is chowing down as I type this. Lol. Thank you for posting such a wonderful and easy recipe .. That even I couldn’t mess up. :))

  14. I am baking these now, and like others have said, I will need to put way more than 3 drops of food coloring to get that pretty green color like yours! Also, mine stayed kind of lumpish and didn’t flatten out. I’m blaming that on my hand mixing by wooden spoon. I need to splurge on on one of those fancy mixers! Great recipe though, love that my house smells like peppermints!

    • Glad your cookies were so tasty. Yes, others have mentioned that more than three drops of food coloring were needed. My six year old “helped” me with that part. He must have made them really big drops! I think the creaming the butter and sugar for a long time makes these cookies have a perfect texture.

  15. Catie Cottle says:

    Hi there, was just wondering what Andes Baking Chip are? Are they just like normal choc chips? I’m in NZ and have never seen those chips here before.

    Thanks 🙂

    • These are in the baking isle near the chocolate chips. They are easier to find at Christmas time. If you can’t find them you could use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips! I hope you find something that works!!

  16. Thank you for this fabulous recipe. I pinned it and a gf of mine made them yesterday, she said they turned out fabulously and were just as simple as you said!

    I am gonna try to make some today or the next couple days, I have cinnamon bun dough rising right now….I have to constantly keep in mind,…”one Pinterest baking project at a time” LOL

    I’ll try and post how mine turn out if I get a chance, and if not thank you again!


    • I can already smell your cinnamon buns baking! Yum! I’m so glad that your friend tried these cookies and loved them! I’m making them for St. Patties Day too! Let me know how they turn out!

  17. How many does this recipe make?

  18. Amy, I’m so glad you brought these (green!) cookies to Treasure Box Tuesday…..they go from Christmas to St. Patrick’s Day- perfect! 😀

  19. Yummy! I’m signed up for a dessert for a girls get-together next weekend and may just have to take these! (… on another note, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I found your post originally through Pinterest, but it linked to a site that didn’t give you any credit. You can find it here: … just wanted to let you know).


    • I’m glad that you found me even though it was in a round about way. Thanks for letting me know about this. I will look into it. These sugar cookies are a winner for me every time! I’m going to be posting some Loaded Grasshopper Cookie Bars on Monday that are just as yummy as these!

  20. Stop using dye says:

    Stop using food dye. I just don’t get it, it adds no flavor and is absolutely horrific. Just one of many articles on how horrible food dye is:

    • You know I actually don’t use dye very often. However once in awhile I love to make festive foods! Soon I am going to post a recipe for Green Eggs and Ham that don’t use dye! You will have to come back and check it out!

  21. These cookies are amazing! I love mint choc chip ice cream & these are right on par if not better than that.
    I am for sure making them again. Next time I’m gonna try it out with gluten free flour.
    I know you suggested adding as much colouring as you like until the colour looks as green as you want them. I put about 16 drops of green food colouring from a 28ml bottle in the first half of my mixed cookie dough. They came out a slight green / off yellow colour. I added a lot more, probably another 20 drops of green colouring to the second half of the cookie dough and they turned out exactly like your photos!!!
    I made 27 delicious large-ish cookies. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  22. N Paddock says:

    I have made two separate batches of these cookies and they were a HUGE hit!!! I’m not even a big mint-chip fan, but WOW- perfect amount of mint flavor. Several people have told me it’s the best cookie they’ve ever eaten. THANK YOU! I’m going to make these for Easter and change the colors to add a pink and blue cookie.

  23. Hello…made these tonight and followed the recipe exactly as listed and they turned out so perfect!!! My 9 year old took one bite and said, “oh my gosh mom…we have to make these for Santa”. Thank you for the great recipe! P.S. I used about 6 drops of the green and the color was good. Not brown or yellowish as others have said.

  24. Lilly Kimrey says:

    My niece shared this recipe with me knowing how much I love making cookies and also knowing that she loves mint! I have already made these cookies once and they were a big hit. I have turned on the Christmas music and getting ready to make them again but going to use the red and green Christmas M&M’s in place of the chocolate chips. I am hoping the M&M’s will make them the perfect Christmas cookie. Thank you for sharing such a yummy and simple cookie.

    • Lilly, I’m so excited your niece shared this recipe with you! I’m in love with mint and adding chocolate to it makes it even better. The cookies will be extra cute with Christmas M & M’s. Since you are a fellow mint lover, I bet you would love my Loaded Grasshopper Bars. By the way, I’m posting Homemade Mint Oreo Cookies in a few days! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. These are delicious cookies! Instead of adding green food coloring I chilled the dough and rolled the balls in a mixture of white and green sprinkling sugar. They looked very festive, and my family liked the taste and texture the sugar added. Thanks so much!

  26. Made this recipe for cookie exchange! Came out just as you described! Perfect! I doubled amount of green coloring. Everyone loved them!!

  27. I’m wondering if you only make a chocolate version of of these, perhaps adding some cocoa?

  28. Just made these, made one batch green and the other red. They are so good! They taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I did not use liquid food coloring but the paste, and I barely used any. I have to admit I was afraid that the peppermint extract combined with the Andes would be too much mint (I am not a huge fan) but it was perfect. I have made extras to freeze.

  29. did you sift your dry ingredients? My cookies seem to really spread. Not sure what I did wrong

    • I usually sift dry ingredients, Tina. I wouldn’t think it would make that much of a difference though. Temperature of butter can change the consistency of the dough quite a bit. I make sure mine is room temperature but not overly soft. Hopefully that helps!

  30. Destiny Richey says:

    I bought some mint extract instead of peppermint. I was wondering if it could be substituted for the peppermint extract. I have a bit of peppermint extract on hand and they don’t seem to smell much different to me. Not sure about the taste though.

  31. I just tried making these today,

    They turned out great!

    Thanks for the delicious recipe, Amy!

  32. I found your recipe on Pinterest and I made these cookies on New Year’s Eve. They were quite the HIT! So much so, that I’m making another batch tomorrow. Thank you for the recipe, the cookies turned out great. They will be a staple of our traditional holiday must eats.

  33. Do you know where I can find the nutritional info on these cookies?

  34. Hi. I just made these cookies and followed the recipe exactly with the exception of no food coloring. The dough was really stiff and the cookies did not spread at all. They tasted OK but weren’t what I expected. Do you think the recipe needs less flour or more liquid ingredients? I can’t imagine that the few drops of food coloring that I omitted would change the texture so much. I ended up having to flatten each cookie ball before baking with my hands but they still don’t look like your pictures in your photo.

    • I’m sad these cookies didn’t turn out for you Amy. I don’t think omitting the food coloring would have affected the success of the cookies. Butter temperature can affect dough consistency as well as the amount of flour added. Maybe you can try decreasing the amount of flour you added. This cookie recipe turns out perfectly for me every time. Better luck next time!

  35. Today I made these cookies were delicious and not with mint chips, not sell here in Germany but I put dark chocolate chips. Very well!

  36. I didn’t have the Andes chocolate chips so I just used milk chocolate and these are delicious! My daughter and I love them and will keep this recipe for sure.

  37. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing an amazing recipe! Today I’ve shared my first experience with the recipe on my blog:

    and there’s a cheeky bit about a photo-bombing leprechaun.


  38. Kristen McIntyre says:

    Hi Amy,

    I was forwarded this recipe online as part of a collection of cookie recipes recently. I made these mint chip cookies yesterday and they are phenomenal (can’t stop eating them), good job and great recipe! I am a habitual cookie baker, always looking for good recipes and will be prowling your blog for more.

    I am originally from beachy southern California, now living on a lake in Arkansas and can totally relate to the “how did I end up here” feeling of a completely satisfying life somewhere else other than where we expected it to be. Continued good luck to you in your happy (and stinky) life. Thanks again and looking forward to more good cooking ahead.

  39. These look so cute. I’m going to try them as soon as I buy some peppermint extract. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Do you know if you can use peppermint essential oil if so how much. I’m not sure if it would be the same amount as the extract

  41. Just did these (Alberta, Canada) first batch was very high and dome topped. Second cookie sheet I pressed them down. Didn’t like the look. Not very pretty looking (nothing like your picture). Second batch reduced flour by 1/2 cup. They now look like more like yours. Yeah! I think I might take out the Cream of tar tar next time. Great cookie for grandkids for Christmas.PS I used 3 drops Americolor Food Coloring. Grocery Store Food Coloring has less pigment in them and yes you will tend to use more drops.

    • I wonder if the difference in our altitude is making a difference in the way these cookies bake. I’m impressed you figured out how to make it work though! Great tip on food coloring too!

  42. I have never been good at making cookies, but I saw these and decided to give them a try for our cookie exchange at work. They came out awesome and so tasty.. I will be making these again.


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