homemade peppermint oreos

Homemade peppermint Oreos are the perfect addition to your cookie tray! Decked out and totally festive, they are the ultimate in peppermint chocolate cookies.
homemade peppermint oreos

New York City is a weird place.

You can find a restaurant that will accommodate your Hungarian pastry cravings at 1AM, but try to locate peppermint Oreos anywhere on the island of Manhattan?

Talk about a wild goose chase.


I’m not sure what the deal is, but Iย feel a bit miffed that my cookie needs weren’t taken into consideration when these inventory decisions were being made.

Also, if someone would like to hear my thoughts on how LOWERING THE PRICE OF BUTTER would help achieve world peace, I’d be happy to share.

Just saying.


Well, if no one is going to let me spend my money on artificial ingredients with a hint of chocolate and so-bad-it’s-good peppermint filling, then I’ll just have to make them myself.

Rule to live by.

Of course, I had to take a page out of the book from the King of Homemade Oreos, Mr. Thomas Keller himself. He so kindly provided the recipe for his TKOs (Thomas Keller Oreos, for those of you who don’t feel like spending a solid year and a half of your life figuring out what that stands for. ahem.) in his Bouchon Bakeryย cookbook (the ULTIMATE cookbook gift for any bakers in your life, by the way!) and I couldn’t help but borrow it, because if anyone knows how to make the Oreo even better, it’s this guy.

These chocolate shortbread cookies are rich and crisp with just enough salty bite to make you think you’re eating the real thing. And then the peppermint filling sets your mouth ablaze with happiness. Aren’t you happy we took matters into our own hands?


The recipe makes 8 EXTRA LARGE SIZE OF YOUR FACE cookie sandwiches, but you can scale it down to make more, smaller cookies, just be sure to lower the bake time if you do.

Homemade Peppermint Oreos
Homemade peppermint Oreos are the perfect addition to your cookie tray! Decked out and totally festive, they are the ultimate in peppermint chocolate cookies.
Yield: 8 3-inch cookie sandwiches
For the homemade oreos
  • 1¾ cups + 1½ tbsp (259 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 1½ tbsp (87 g) Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ⅜ tsp (1.6 g) baking soda
  • 8 oz (227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp (6 g) kosher salt
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp (161 g) sugar
For the peppermint buttercream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-3½ cups powdered sugar
  • dab of Christmas Red food coloring gel
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda until well combined.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium-low speed until it is smooth. Add in the salt and mix for another 15-30 seconds. Add in the sugar and mix until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl in 2 additions, mixing on low speed for 15 to 30 seconds after each, until just combined.
  4. Mound the dough onto a work surface or piece of parchment paper. Form the dough into a 6-inch square block. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until firm.
  5. Heat oven to 325. Line two baking pans with parchment paper.
  6. Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper into a ⅛-inch thick sheet. Using a 3-inch round or fluted cookie cutter, cut rounds from the dough. If necessary, push the scraps back together and reroll, cutting more rounds until you have 16. Arrange the cookie rounds on the baking pans, leaving about ¾-inch between them.
  7. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, turning the pans halfway through baking, until the cookies are fragrant with small cracks on the surface. Allow to cool on the pans for 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.
  8. While the cookies are cooling, prepare the buttercream. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, heavy cream, vanilla, peppermint extract, and powdered sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the food coloring until thoroughly combined.
  9. Turn half of the cooled cookies over. Pipe frosting onto these cookies. Top each with a second cookie and press gently to sandwich together.
Cookie recipe from Bouchon Bakery
Peppermint filling adapted from My Kitchen Addiction
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie

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From Around the Web:

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54 Responses to Homemade Peppermint Oreos

  1. Oh, I think I definitely want the size of your face cookies. I think all cookies should be the size of your face!

  2. Yes, yum! I love chocolate and peppermint together and really love the look of this cookie! And a big thank you to you for including a link to my peppermint pizzelle recipe!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely weekend, Joanne!

  3. TK is a genius, but these Oreos are even MORE genius!

  4. Sucks that you couldn’t find any peppermint Oreos but it’s because you were meant to bake these gorgeous gigantore cookie sandwiches! New York City is a weird place. When I was in NYC years ago, around Christmas-time, my friends and I were running down the street trying to catch a show on Broadway. . and I was almost mugged. I actually talked back to the punk-ass kids who were trying to bother me and take my purse (I don’t know what the hell I was thinking) and it all ended with the 4 of them, chasing 5 Asian girls down the street. No one stopped to help. it was craziness. anyway, you can’t go wrong with TK. Brilliant, yo.

  5. hahaha, well I’m glad you made your own Oreos! ’cause these look flipping perfect. Definitely need to try!

  6. I am loving all the peppermint recipes around at the moment.
    What I am not loving is that I have never heard of peppermint Oreos before. You think it is hard trying to find them where you are, I don’t think they exist in the UK!

  7. One time I made chocolate cookies and without intention they ending up tasting just like homemade oreos. They were so amazing! Adding peppermint…only makes it better. Yum!
    Happy Friday Joanne!

  8. Julia says:

    Apparently our stores in my area weren’t thinking of my oreo cookie needs ever because I’ve searched the oreo aisles and have seen not a peppermint oreo package. Can I get a store locator please? But who needs the packaged stuff when I can bake oreos the SIZE OF MY FACE?! If possible, I’d henceforth prefer all of my oreos to be the largest oreos in all the land. Peppermint me, baby!

  9. Kinsey says:

    Love the combination of peppermint and chocolate! These seem like the perfect cookie to eat while sipping tea and watching Elf–they’re too special to just share at a holiday party!

  10. Ummm an oreo the size of my face?! That sounds like something I need IN my face asap! These are insane!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lori R. says:

    There are no better cookies than those that are the size of your face. Bonus if you have large face. Perhaps the lack of search results is some reverse health campaign to get us to bake more things ourselves. It just might work. The craving for peppermint oreos is a powerful one.

  12. Mira says:

    I’ve never made homemade Oreos, but these look awesome! So fancy! Love them! Pinned!

  13. Dude those cookies are giiiaaant love love love. Yeah, NYC seems to be an odd place. I’ve only been there once in my life (even though I’ve always lived like 200 miles away) and just walked around for 3 hours until my feet were going to fall off. Ha. But hey — homemade is always the best way to go! These oreos look fab. I almost spelled oreo with an i instead of and e. Wow what planet have I come from. Ahem. Pinning this!

  14. Beth says:

    Another recipe for my peppermint-loving family to lust after!

  15. Monica says:

    These look fabulous, Joanne! When I first read it, I thought of Bouchon’s candy cane macarons, which are (miraculously) delicious! I love all of their treats and pastries. Looks like you picked a great recipe and did a perfect job at execution. My son would especially love a few!

  16. Pam says:

    They look fantastic! I know my kids and husband would really love them… they are huge fans of peppermint & chocolate.

  17. Tina says:

    You must patent that idea for face sized cookies. It’s true – you are a goddess among us!

  18. Oh, T. Keller, I love you. And I can’t believe you couldn’t find peppermint Oreos! Manhattan, you’re drunk.
    …it’s OK I still love you so much and you’re the most perfect place on earth.

  19. Okay, so you know Oreos are my absolute weakness…which means I really wouldn’t really have the patience to make these, because that would be time spent away from actually eating them. However, if you were to send me some, I would love you for.ever.

  20. oh yum. i wish i had a few of these to get me through the last day of work ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. These cookies should put a smile on anyone’s faceโ€ฆthanks for a terrific cookie for the holidays.

  22. Mmmm – so deliciously pretty and festive – Joanne.

  23. Eileen says:

    COOKIES! ALso, you can’t get peppermint oreos in NYC? Not even Peppermint Joe-Joes? I mean, I definitely understand not wanting to set foortin the Union Square Trader Joe’s, but I bet they are in there somewhere…

  24. Zainab says:

    My mouth will be blazing indeed with happiness! So glad you took matters into your hands ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Kelly says:

    I love that you made your own – I would gladly take a dozen of these over anything in the store. They look incredible!

  26. These oreos look SO christmas-worthy, I love them ๐Ÿ˜€
    Delicious and I bet, addictive!

    Choc Chip Uru

  27. sandra says:

    8 cookies the size of my face? that’s a bit scary.

  28. sandra says:

    oreos are definitely one of my guilty pleasures… gotta try this recipe

  29. Sarah says:

    Yummmmyyy! I am a peppermint lover and peppermint + chocolate is my favorite flavor of the winter season!

  30. Susan says:

    Aren’t chocolate and mint the best combination?! I would much rather eat these than out of a package from the grocery store any day!

  31. cheri says:

    Oreos dunked in milk is one of my guilty pleasures, these look wonderful!

  32. Kate says:

    I think I will be glad when Christmas is over and there is less chocolate mint floating around. Bring back the pumpkin!

  33. These look amazing! Glad you couldn’t find any in NY so you could give us this awesome recipe!

  34. Betty says:

    I love mint oreos, but I bet yours are better! ๐Ÿ™‚ And can you believe the price of butter recently? Crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Well, you can’t even find golden oreos in my city…let alone peppermint one! This recipe is definitely a keeper. They look beautiful!

  36. I’m totally with you on the need for the price of butter to come down!

  37. Johanna GGG says:

    I don’t think we have peppermint oreos in Melbourne – but then again I am always amazed we have any (I want to try the peanut butter ones but feel too bad about sylvia’s allergy). Yours look beautiful – but it seems odd to me to colour the buttercream red – peppermint is always green for me!

  38. Oh yeah – giant festive cookies! I’m sure these are better than the store-bought version.

  39. CakeSpy says:

    Perfect. I am linking to these on my next week’s sweet links roundup!!!

  40. You’re so creative, Joanne! And you’ve totally blown away the store bought version…beautiful!

  41. I can’t find any peppermint oreos either! Both in Toronto and in Vancouver. I guess we are just deprived. That is, unless I also try out this recipe. I am telling you, i am extremely tempted..

  42. Peppermint oreos are my fave!! I never let myself buy them because I can make seriously short work of an entire package! But…. if I make them myself I don’t have to feel so guilty, do I? LOL!

  43. Hotly Spiced says:

    I saw these on FB or Instagram. They’re so beautiful and look gorgeous. I love how you tinted the cream red, giving them a Christmas theme xx

  44. I had never heard of peppermint Oreos – are they an actual thing?! I will certainly be happy to make your version of them at any rate ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Oreos are a major weakness of mine (I’m a bad girl around them) and loving the homemade version you made here, I know I will love them!

  46. Sippitysup says:

    I’ve never heard of peppermint Oreos. No matter, I’d rather eat yours anyway. GREG

  47. Isadora says:

    I am kinda obsessed with the color of these oreos! I also really love that you made homemade oreos! I was never a huge fan of oreos growing up, but these look amazing and I think I would love them!

  48. grace says:

    of all oreos ever produced, i think i’d like the peppermint variety best, and homemade is even better, no doubt! very festive and fun, joanne–happy holidays!

  49. Christine says:

    Never knew there were peppermint oreos. Bet they’d be good. Yours however take the to the height of pure decadence!

  50. Being a ‘foodie’, isn’t it great that we can make our own favourite Oreo’s (or whatever). The other day, I even had a hankering for a chipotle-flavoured Oreo (and NO, I’m not pregnant)! I think I would prefer a green color for my peppermint Oreo’s, rather than red. Happy holidays!

  51. Julie G. says:

    When my brother was younger, he did scouts and he used to sell those minty chocolate cookies every spring. I was able to eat almost a box to myself and adding mint to Oreo’s only sounds better! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Reeni says:

    Eww you like oreos!? They taste like cardboard to me! I think these are a MILLION times better!

  53. I agree 100%! silly NY! ๐Ÿ˜›

    These Oreo’s are the perfect (and most delicious) way to stick it to the man!!

  54. elly says:

    Tom was actually JUST asking me last week why I didn’t make my own Oreos (as I was stuffing my mouth with Trader Joe’s candy cane JoeJoes…). After seeing this, there is really no excuse.

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