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Best soft sugar cookie recipe with peppermint

Peppermint Holiday Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Sugar cookies with a peppermint twist – this Peppermint Holiday Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe belongs in every kitchen for the holidays. Full of holiday flavor, these soft sugar cookies will be a hit all season long.



For the cookies:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup 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. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking sod and salt in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer) beat the butter and sugar until it is fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Add the sour cream and the peppermint extract, mix well.  Gradually start adding the dry ingredients, beating just until combined.
  3. Divide the mixture in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  5. Lightly flour a workspace, then turn out one half of the dough onto the counter. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Dough will be a little bit sticky, so use flour as needed to avoid sticking.
  6. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies just until set, and still pale, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack or to a piece of waxed paper on the counter to cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft and fluffy. Add the peppermint extract. Start adding in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until completely combined. Add the salt and the cream and beat until light and fluffy.
  8. Frost each cookie and top with crushed candy canes.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 24 g
  • Sodium: 83 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 50 mg

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