Peppermint Meltaways
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Peppermint Meltaways

Peppermint cookies that melt in your mouth! These delicate peppermint morsels look truly special on a holiday cookie platter.

45 min
1 hr 50 min



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 to 3 drops red food color, if desired

Candy canes or hard peppermint candy, crushed

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour and cornstarch; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 30-60 minutes or until firm.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 350°F. 

  3. STEP 3

    Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5-10 minutes on cookie sheets; carefully remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Stir in food color, if desired. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy.


4.5Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
45Sodium (mg)
9Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
0Protein (g)


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  December 16, 2016

I first found this recipe several years ago looking for an egg-less cookie. They were for my daughter, who has an allergy to eggs. She loved the cookies-still does. Like many others have suggested, the amount of peppermint in the cookie needed to be changed. We put 3/4 - 1 tsp instead of 1/2. Great cookies, though.

— says Kristin
  July 24, 2016

I have made this cookie for Christmas the past two years. It has become a family favorite! Light, airy, flavorful, and delicate! The ladies love them! Easy to make.

— says Loretta
  December 22, 2015

This recipe only made 20 very small cookies and the glaze was enough for 100 cookies!! I would double the cookie recipe and half the glaze recipe to have a more reasonable amount of both. The c1" balls produced 1" round cookies, nice bite sized, but very hard to glaze and put candies on, I would do a much larger cookie next time and that would probably mean 4x this recipe! Overall good taste, extremely mild peppermint flavor, so taste the dough and the glaze and adjust to your personal preference before cooking or glazing.

— says Tracie
  December 21, 2015

These are delicious! Made them today with my daughter, they are light and flaky with just the right amount of peppermint.

— says Tanna
  December 23, 2014

I make these every year. They have become a tradition that my kids love. I add melted chocolate on top of the glaze. You can also add red/green food coloring to the glaze to make them more festive. YUM!

— says Kristina
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