Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be.

We've Moved!Over the past five years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states.

Four years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break.

My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year.

Christmas CookiesAfter thinking about what we could do that would be fun AND allow the girls to have presents for each other, I decided to create a Christmas baking day, where we baked and decorated presents for people in our lives… teachers and school administrators, neighbors, friends from church, and each other.

We made and decorated three types of cookies, plus cupcakes, and loaves of Pumpkin and Hot Chocolate Bread. Once we finished baking for others, each girl created and decorated a special cookie for every member of the family. It was a fun activity and everyone loved their gifts.

Now every Christmas we have a baking day where we create gifts for all the people we love. We don’t spend a lot of money, but we spend a lot of time creating these gifts from the heart, and it has become a great tradition.

The Hot Chocolate Bread I created was such a big hit nearly everyone asked me for the recipe. It was delicious as is, but over the past couple of years I’ve tweaked the recipe, and the final (and my favorite) result is Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies. They are scrumptious, whether filled with whipped cream, ice cream or even canned frosting!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie PiesPS you can also use the dough to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bread. It’s really fun to add mini marshmallows to the top of the bread after it has cooked for a bit. They get all toasted and yummy!

You don’t have to own a whoopie pie pan to make these, but I think they look better when you do.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Preparation 10 min
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1:10
Serves 20     adjust servings


  • 1/2 c cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 c cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 1/4 c buttermilk, divided
  • 2 c whole wheat flour, sifted (can substitute with 2 1/4 cups AP flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup each M&M's White Peppermint and M&M's Hot Chocolate flavors, mixed (can use more or substitute with any variety of M&M's... or you can use chocolate chips and mint chips. I have also made these with no candy and they were just as good.)
  • Mini marshmallows (omit marshmallows if making whoopie pies)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add cream cheese, butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream thoroughly.
  3. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  4. Add the sifted cocoa powder and about 1/2-2/3 cup of the buttermilk, just enough to mix until smooth, but not too liquid-y.
  5. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a separate bowl.
  6. Add to wet ingredients with remaining buttermilk.
  7. Mix until just combined; do not over mix.
  8. Add M&M's and blend for about one minute (depending on your mixer, you may need to fold in the M&M's® by hand). Dough will be thick like a cookie dough.
  9. Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough in each section of the greased whoopie pie pan and cook for approximately 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (You can bake these like cookies on a sheet pan if you do not have a whoopie pie pan).
  10. Cool and right before serving add fresh, extra thick, whipped cream in between two rounds.

If using ice cream for the filling:

  1. Soften ice cream slightly and place a scoop in between two whoopie pies.
  2. Press together softly and place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
  3. Place in freezer for 15 mins or until you are ready to use.

To make a loaf with toasted marshmallows:

  1. Place loaves in the oven.
  2. After about 40 minutes remove from oven and top with mini marshmallows.
  3. Cook for about 20 more minutes until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. You can also add the marshmallows at the last minute and put the pans under the broiler to toast the marshmallows, depending on how toasted you want them.
  4. The marshmallows should be a toasted golden brown.
  5. Cool slightly, remove from pan and enjoy!

Alternate marshmallow prep

  1. Spoon half of the dough into the bread pan, layer a cup (or more to taste) of marshmallows on top of the dough and then add the rest of the dough on top.
  2. Bake as described above.


Recipe Notes

You can make either whoopie pies or loaves of hot chocolate bread with toasted marshmallows. Recipe makes roughly 18 whoopie pies, two 8" disposable bread pans, or 5 mini loaf pans.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 171kcal Calories from fat 51
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies

The recipe is super easy to make.


Add cream cheese, butter, and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream thoroughly. Mix in the egg and vanilla.


Add the sifted cocoa powder and about 1/2-2/3 cup buttermilk; mix until smooth.


Sift the flour, baking soda, salt into a separate bowl and then add to wet ingredients with remaining buttermilk. Mix until just combined; don’t over mix.


Then add M&M’s® White Peppermint and M&M’s® Hot Chocolate candies and blend for about a minute (depending on your mixer, you may need to fold in the M&M’s® by hand). Dough will be thick like a cookie dough.


Spoon into a greased loaf pan or whoopie pie pan.


If making whoopie pies, place about 1½ tablespoons of dough in each section and cook for approximately 10 minutes. Cool and right before serving add whipped cream in between two rounds. Can also use ice cream or frosting.

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Comments 19

  1. yum! I am so looking forward to making all these goodies with my family , I know my grandbabies are going to enjoy! them 🙂

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  3. Having a holiday baking day is important in our house too! It’s great family time and we love making treats for friends and family. (client)

  4. Wow, this just sounds amazing! I had some hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, now that… was… good! Not sure I would use that mixer thing often, but I gave it a go.

    Great idea on the baking, catch is too, that stuff all adds up as far as costs for supplies too.. but what a great experience and time spent with your kids… I’d eat too many samples tho. lol

  5. That white peppermint hot chocolate bread looks divine! Wish I had seen that recipe before the holidays…..I will have to pin it for next year!

  6. Love this story of love and children and giving. I am so excited about doing the whoopie pies, and 5 mini loaves! You can give mini loaves with a Christmas napkin around the top tied with jute! Thanksgiving or Christmas! Thanks for new idea!

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