Peppermint Butter Cookies Recipe

Sparkling Peppermint Cookies

A crisp but chewy butter cookie studded with peppermint candy bits.

30 min.prep time 60 min.total time
48 cookies
646 Ratings

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed mini candy canes or peppermint candies
1/4 cup sugar

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. 

Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint extract in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough. 

Stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar. 

Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. 

Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. (Do not over bake.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Recipe Tip

- To crush candy canes or peppermint candies, place into resealable plastic food bag; smash with rolling pin or bottom of heavy saucepan.

- For a more sparkling affect, mix finely crushed candy canes with coarse grain sugar.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 60

Fat: 2g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 55mg

Carbohydrates: 10g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14657©2010Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Review Update from Nov 25 2013:
Third time was a charm, I chilled the dough 5 or so minutes this time before rolling in sugar. I watched them closely as before and this time they did not spread into each other. You may still have some that burn if a larger piece of candy is on the bottom or edge of cookie, otherwise this batch was great.
I just made these there scrumptious, and delectable. But you maybe don't have to add 1 3/4 cups flour just 1 2/4
Easy and delish!
Tasted good, but finicky… Comment on 'do not over bake' is easier said than done, the point between over baked and not cooked is slender. Plus they are so sticky that the window to let them cool and still be able to release them is also narrow. They also spread out a lot. I made two batches to fix my mistakes from the first and still have to figure out why they were so melty… However, I do plan to make them again. Hopefully three times is the charm.
I made these cookies last Christmas(2012) and they were delicious. I will make them again this year.
You must try and you will not be disappointed.
You really do need to line your pan. They are delicious, but they stick.
I made this recipe as a test a few weeks ago, my family LOVED it! I'm adding it to my Christmas platters this year! It's a easy and fantastic recipe!

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