It’s been sometime since I’ve posted and I’m just finishing up this exhausting but fun holiday. Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday. This was the first time I made these cookies for my Christmas platters and they were a HUGE hit!
These pepperminty goodness texture is not quite soft and not quite hard, so lets say it has a medium crunch. Anyone who loves candy canes would enjoy these. They aren’t overwhelming with peppermint, but the taste is definitely there. If you prefer more peppermint please add more extract.
Santa’s Peppermint Cookies
makes around 48 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1-2 tsp red food coloring
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
5 tsp warm water
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg, peppermint extract and red food coloring. Mix until blended.
In a medium bowl mix flour and salt together add to the wet ingredients.
Add more red food coloring to reach desired color. If you would like more peppermint flavor add more extract.
On a parchment lined baking sheet roll 1 tablespoon of dough and place onto sheet. Slightly flatten.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly brown and cookie is set.
Cool cookies completely and make icing. Use less water if you want the icing to be thicker, you may need to add more confectioner sugar to coat all cookies.
Dip top of cookies into icing and immediately sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
Place on rack or wax paper to dry.
Store in airtight container.
**Just a little tip if you cannot purchase crushed peppermint candy canes. I unwrapped all candy canes and placed on a wax paper lined baking sheet and placed in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until frozen. Placed frozen canes in a ziploc bag and used my rolling pin beat some stress out. I placed a dishcloth underneath so I wouldn’t beat my table too much. You may need to use more than one ziploc bags while crushing as the candy will poke holes in the bag**
I hope you enjoy these cookies as my friends and family did!