This Peppermint Cookie should have a place of honor on your Christmas Cookie Plate! It’s pretty and delicious!!
December is here and believe it or not there are only 23 more days until Christmas. Because of my crazy December schedule, I decorated the house before Thanksgiving which I rarely do so I’m feeling a little bit on top of things. I’ve got some fun things planned between now and the big day. I’m headed to NYC this weekend to spend some time with my #NYCgirl and my other daughter experiencing the city at Christmas. I can’t wait! Anyone have any suggestions for me?? I’ve done most of the basic tourist stuff and am looking for holiday focused things to do! We’ve got our tickets to the Rockette’s Christmas show!!
When I get home from NYC it will be time to start my holiday baking and candy making. I’ll be putting my Wilkes Family Christmas Cookie cookbook to good use! One of our family favorites that is in the book is these Peppermint cookies. Not only are they full of peppermint goodness but they are so pretty too!
I used the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips for this recipe but if you can’t find them you could use white chocolate chips and add peppermint extract into the dough – about 1/2 – 1 tsp depending on how pepperminty you like them. Semi Sweet chips would also be great.
Form your dough into balls and dip the top half of the cookie ball into crushed up candy cane or peppermint candies. Only dip the top half though. Ignore that the balls are totally covered in crushed peppermint in the photo below. I discovered that the cookies turn out much better if only the top half is dipped into the peppermint candy. If the whole ball is covered in peppermint, the candy cane melts all over the cookie sheet and makes a mess! Then they don’t look so pretty.
The picture below is correct – just the top half is covered with crushed peppermint.
This recipe came from my friend Shauna Watts – her sister in law Mitzi came up with it!
If you have one of those great Silphat mats you will definitely want to use it with this recipe or cover your baking sheet with parchment.
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 C sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pink or red food coloring
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 1 C mint chocolate chips
- candy canes crushed
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Grease cookie sheet
- Cream together sugar, butter, egg, salt and food coloring.
- Stir in baking powder, flour and vanilla.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into ball, dip in crushed candy canes.
- Bake 10 minutes.
I’d love to hear what one of your favorite Christmas cookies are! Leave me a comment and let me know!!
Recipe originally posted on Dec. 3, 2008