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Sugar cookies with a peppermint twist – perfect for the holidays.

Peppermint Butter Cookies from www.tasteandtellblog.com

We are officially into December now – which means that I am so ready to go crazy with the holiday baking. And what says “Christmas cookies” more than peppermint and sugar cookies??

I recently made these soft, bakery style peppermint sugar cookies for Go Bold With Butter, and I just had to share them here with you, too, as well.  Hopefully you have some baking on your agenda for this weekend, and if so, you should add these cookies.  They are super soft and full of peppermint flavor – perfect for that Christmas cookie plate!!

Peppermint Butter Cookies from www.tasteandtellblog.com

Peppermint Butter Cookies
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Sugar cookies with a peppermint twist - perfect for the holidays.
Serves: 4-5 dozen cookies
For the cookies:
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1½ cups sour cream
For the frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Crushed candy canes, for decoration
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping between each addition. Add peppermint extract and sour cream, and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined.
  3. Divide mixture – in half and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface. Roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Dough will be a little sticky, so use flour as needed to avoid sticking. Use a 2 to 2-1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies until just set and still pale, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack or a piece of waxed paper to cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting: In a large bowl, beat butter until soft and fluffy. Add peppermint extract. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time and beat until combined completely. Add salt and cream and beat until light and fluffy.
  7. Frost each cookie and then dip into crushed candy canes.

More holiday cookie ideas:

Gingerbread Pudding Cookies from BruCrew Life
Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies from What’s Cooking with Ruthie
Triple Chocolate Nutella Cookies from The Sweet Chick
Double Chocolate Drop Cookies from The Fig Tree

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41 Responses to Peppermint Butter Cookies

  1. Katrina says:

    These are so fancy! Love the look of them. Yum!

  2. Now these cookies are sure to get me in the holiday spirit! They look heavenly. 🙂

  3. These look great! I just made brownies with peppermint frosting and my husband went nuts!

  4. Rosa says:

    So pretty and festive!



  5. I’m just getting through my gingerbread kick, then I move on to peppermint.

  6. Frieda says:

    I’m a big fan of a soft frosted cookie…these look amazing & 100 x better than the ones in a plastic clam shell container in the grocery store that my kids beg me to buy!

  7. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    These definitely need to go on my cookie baking list!

  8. Chels R. says:

    Mmm, these look yummy and I love the pink frosting!

  9. Laura says:

    Peppermint is totally the holidays to me too! Love these! Pinning now! How long do they keep?

    • Deborah says:

      @Laura, I would guess that they would be good for a couple of days, but the candy canes on top will probably start to bleed. They do stay soft, though, so you might even get them to last a little longer (if you don’t eat them all first!!)

  10. patsy says:

    Not only festive, but perfect for the season! They look like they would be hard to resist!

  11. Beautiful cookies, Deborah! Perfect for the holidays!

  12. The look so soft and fluffy! I need a good soft sugar cookie recipe and these would be great for Christmas!

  13. LOVE the looks of these 🙂 I can’t get enough peppermint right now!!

  14. I have wanted to make Lofthouse-ish type cookies for ages – and love the idea of peppermint! I’ve always talked myself out of similar recipes to this due to the batch size – and difficutlty in halving 3 egg recipes – but gosh, I want.them.now. They look fabulous!

  15. So pretty! Love the flavor for the holidays!

  16. I love making cookies, in fact I have to make few more these days for our cookie swap later next week. I love how soft these look like, definitely a must make!
    Thanks for sharing Deborah

  17. Emily says:

    SO festive–love them!

  18. These are so festive! And so soft looking. Next time I go to the US I’m buying peppermint extract and candy canes for sure!

  19. Joanne says:

    I looovveee peppermint in my cookies and you’re so right – tis the season!

  20. I love how soft and fluffy these are. And that frosting…hand over a spoon!

  21. Kristen says:

    Those look so good! Love the pink!

  22. You’re so right! It’s the perfect holiday cookie to start things with a bang…

  23. Rachel Cooks says:

    Oh yum! These look divine!

  24. I LOVE butter cookies… what a yummy holiday version!

  25. Nothing says Christmas cookies more than these! I can’t wait to make these with my niece!

  26. Traci says:

    Sad because I don’t have 6 cups of flour in the house 🙁 oh well…they will have to wait until this weekend! These look so good! I’ll be asking them for a pregnant friend who is craving craving craving peppermint! (And me…who is not pregnant but just loves to eat cookies 😉

  27. Sarah says:

    I loved the look of these cookies, but the batter was too difficult to handle. It really made the process frusterating. The cookies ended up tasting like flour rather than butter because of all the flour I had to use to keep the batter from sticking when rolled out onto parchment paper. The cookie tasted okay (especially if you want a biscuity, not very sweet cookie) but not great. Next time I will try to create the same “look” using my favorite sugar cookie receipe. The frosting wasn’t as creamy as I would have liked, either. And, the candy canes bled by the morning after. So, you should apply the candy canes right before serving.

  28. Anna says:

    I sent these to school for my son’s second grade class (decorated with little Christmas trees and snowy sprinkles), and at the end of the day he said, “Everybody told me to tell you thank you for the awesome cookies!” Thanks for the awesome cookies. 🙂

  29. Lynsey says:

    Could you freeze these?

  30. Kelli says:

    I am assuming they added food coloring as well cause the frosting is pink?????

  31. Becca says:

    I made these a few days ago and everyone LOVED them! They are so super soft and I’m so happy with the peppermint taste. Instead of candy canes (i don’t like the way it makes your teeth feel haha) I substituted Andes baking chips. DELISH! Thanks so much for the recipe. Will be making them again!

  32. kaylan says:

    I’m totally doing these for a cookie swap, about how many does one batch make?

  33. rose says:

    I love butter cookies. Thank you for sharing this with me

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