Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

1 1/4 cups (178g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (68g) cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (68g) powdered sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

2 Tbsp (28g) salted butter, softened
2 Tbsp half and half
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups (200g) powdered sugar
1/4 cup (42g) finely crushed peppermint bits or candy canes


  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and powdered sugar until combined.
  •  Mix in peppermint extract then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill until nearly firm, about 1 hour, while preheating oven to 350 degrees during last 15 minutes of chilling.
  • Scoop dough out 1 even tablespoon at a time, shape into a ball then transfer to an ungreased 18 by 13-inch baking sheet, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (keep dough that's wont be baking chilled).
  • Bake in preheated oven until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly golden brown, about 10 - 13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter, half and half, peppermint extract and powdered sugar until light and fluffy*.
  • Working with one cookie at a time spread frosting over cookie and immediately after frosting each cookie add crushed peppermint bits before frosting starts to set, repeat process with all cookies.
  • Store cookies an in airtight container at room temperature.

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