Donna Hay chocolate cookies with peppermint filling

7 Feb


I think I am in the minority when I say it should be a case of ‘never the twain shall meet’ with chocolate and peppermint. Followers of my blog will know that I don’t have a sweet tooth but that’s not the reason for my somewhat controversial belief.


I feel the beauty that is chocolate, especially a good quality dark chocolate, should not mix with a flavour mostly commonly associated with toothpaste. It is the food version of pairing a Chanel bag with onesie. Or a making a movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Adam Sandler.

Whenever I speak of my aversion to mint and chocolate I am met with incredulous looks and comments that range from the shocked to the confused.

My fellow mint/choc despisers – let us unite.

Anyway, I overcame my aversion to make these cookies because as I said, I am in the minority when it comes to this food pairing.

The biscuits are lovely by themselves and could be sandwiched with anything – chocolate ganache, whipping cream, cream cheese icing. Not a fan of icing? Eat them au natureal.

The cookie / biscuit recipe is from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book 2 aka my bible, and to be honest I cannot recall where the peppermint icing recipe came from. Donna filled her bickies with chocolate ganache.

You will need a food processor for this recipe and will need to allow time for the dough to rest – at least half an hour.


65g cold butter, diced

¼ cup icing sugar

½ cup plain flour

2 ½ teaspoons cornflour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 egg yolk



Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Place all the ingredients in bowl of food processor and mix until a soft dough forms.

Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30-60 minutes.

Roll teaspoons of dough into balls, place on tray and use a fork to gently flatten.

Bake for 5-7 minutes then place on cooling racks.

When cold sandwich together with peppermint filling – recipe below.

Peppermint filling

1 cup sifted icing sugar

1 tablespoon water

½ teaspoon peppermint essence

Place all items in a bowl and stir until combined. Use to ‘glue’ two biscuits together then set aside until set.


24 Responses to “Donna Hay chocolate cookies with peppermint filling”

  1. cheergerm February 7, 2015 at 5:23 am #

    What Mrs H! I can’t wear a onesie with a Chanel bag!!?? I am not a hater of this combo, nor am I a lover. (Except for the thin 70’s after dinner mints…yum.) But these look quite delicious.

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 6:33 am #

      hey, just coz I wouldn’t doesn’t mean you can’t 😉 Those After Dinner Mints were the height of sophistication when I was growing up and my parents had dinner parties. #ADifferentTime

  2. Deblet February 8, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    Well I like choc and mint so will give this a try.Donna Hay had great recipes

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 6:34 am #

      I hope you had a chance to make these! And yes, Donna Hay is a legend!

  3. Fran @ G'day Souffle' February 8, 2015 at 5:13 am #

    I recently saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s again on TV- that would be hilarious to see Adam Sandler pass by Audrey Hepburn on 5th Ave in front of Tiffany’s, wearing her long Givenchy gown and eating a Danish pastry! I recently made chocolate fudge topped with a layer of peppermint fudge and swooned for days afterwards, so we might be on opposite sides of the ‘battlefield’ in regards to the pairing of chocolate and peppermint. But it looks like we can finally unite with your recipe for these biscuits and peppermint icing- well done!

  4. February 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    I added two of Donna Hay’s cookbooks to my collection including the one you mentioned. I have heard so much about her recipes from you and others that I figured it was time to check her out. Beautiful books for sure! Your cookies look great 🙂

  5. blackheartbetty February 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    These look great! I do not really like mint either, but my kids do.

    • thehungrymum February 9, 2015 at 3:36 am #

      Thanks! This is also a hit with my kids #sweetTeeth

  6. Choc Chip Uru February 8, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    Peppermint filling cookies, this is the only way to go 😀
    I’m ready for this! I don’t often like chocolate and mint, but sometimes it just works!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum April 26, 2015 at 6:34 am #

      Thanks Choc Chip Uru 😉 When I presented these to work colleagues most were beside themselves with excitement 😉

  7. Sophie33 February 8, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Lovely filled sandwiched cookies! I love that peppermint filling a lot! Yumm!

    • thehungrymum February 9, 2015 at 3:35 am #

      Thanks Sophie! Hope you have a great week x

      • Sophie33 February 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

        I made them 2 times this week & loved every bite, so did my family & husband! xxx

      • thehungrymum February 15, 2015 at 9:32 am #

        wow! This makes me v happy – high praise coming from a great cook such as yourself x

  8. Julie's Family Kitchen February 9, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Oh yum! Love chocolate and peppermint together, your cookies look delicious.

    • thehungrymum May 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      That’s very sweet of you! Thanks for your kind words.

  9. Thecrazymomcook February 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Looks delish! I love everything and anything with peppermint!!

    • thehungrymum February 23, 2015 at 4:10 am #

      Cheers – it is a very popular flavour x

  10. Liz February 10, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    I agree that chocolate and mint can be overdone, but am also a fan of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and the After Eight dinner mint. Your cookies look tasty and would be fun to use another filling.

    • thehungrymum February 11, 2015 at 7:59 am #

      Memories – in Australia we had After Dinner Mints, which I guess were like After Eights. They were the height of sophistication at my mum and dad’s dinner parties when I was a kid – and if I was extra well-behaved I’d be allowed to have one 🙂

  11. R February 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    Donna Hay is a favorite of mine – these look lovely!

    • thehungrymum February 13, 2015 at 1:38 am #

      Thanks – always happy to connect with another Donna Hay fan 🙂

  12. MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog February 23, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Chocolate and mint were made for each other!


    • thehungrymum March 10, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Ta! Hope you get a chance to make these 😉

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