These peppermint twists taste like your favorite peppermint candy but with a cookie's buttery crunch. This cookie is a perfect make-ahead sweet treat!
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1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (yolk only)
3/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 to 10 drops red food color
coarse grain sugar, if desired
36 large chocolate chips or mini chocolate candy pieces
Heat oven to 350°F.
Place butter and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg yolk, peppermint flavoring and vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add flour and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Remove half of dough from bowl. Add small amount of red food color to dough in bowl; mix well.
Divide each half of dough into quarters; roll each quarter to 9-inch log. Place 1 red log next to 1 white log; twist gently to swirl dough. Roll gently to smooth. Repeat with remaining dough.
Cut each swirled rope of dough into 9 pieces; roll each piece gently into a ball. Roll each ball in coarse grain sugar, if desired. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 11-13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Immediately press 1 chocolate chip in center of each ball.
We took a favorite Christmas cookie - the Peanut Butter Blossom - and gave it a few new looks. These cookies aren't just for Christmas anymore - enjoy at any holiday!