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Chocolate-Mint Ribbon Cookies

These chocolate-mint ribbon cookies have, as long as I can remember, held a place in my mom's well-worn holiday baking binder.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: baking, Christmas
Servings: 48
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Stand or Handheld Mixer
  • Rolling Pin
  • Wax Paper
  • sheet pan
  • Sharp Knife



  • 2 ¾ cups Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 1 oz squares Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter or Margarine, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts


  • 1 ¾ cups Unsifted All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter or Margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 8 drops Green Food Color
  • ½ cup Red Candied Cherries, finely chopped


  • Note: Make the dough 1 day ahead of when you plan to slice and bake the cookies.

Chocolate Dough:

  • On waxed paper, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In double boiler, over hot, not boiling, water, melt chocolate, remove from heat. (Or melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl at High 3 to 4 minutes, stirring twice.)
  • In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate until smooth. With wooden spoon, stir in dry ingredients and nuts; mix well. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill ½ hour while making mint dough.

Mint Dough:

  • On waxed paper, sift together flour, baking powder and salt, in large bowl, with electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, egg, mint extract and food color until smooth and fluffy. With wooden spoon, stir in the dry ingredients, add cherries, mix well.
  • Divide chocolate dough in half. Shape each into a ball, flatten. Place each half between two sheets of waxed paper. On lightly dampened surface, roll each half into an 8-inch square. Roll mint dough between paper into an 8-inch square, making corners perfect.
  • Place one chocolate square on cookie sheet; peel off paper on top. Peel top paper off mint square; flip mint square onto chocolate square; peel off paper; press lightly. Layer other chocolate square over mint square. Be sure all sides are even. Cover with foil; refrigerate.

Day of Serving:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove foil; cut square into 3 strips. (Refrigerate 2 strips until ready to cut.) Cut each strip crosswise into ¼ inch slices.
  • Bake on greased cookie sheets 10 minutes, or until set. Cool on rack; store in container.


From McCalls Cooking School # 12/1986


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg