Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peppermint Meltaways

 

These peppermint meltaways scream "holiday season". With the buttery, sweet, pepperminty deliciousness these cookies offer, it's no surprise that they were among the favorites that were on our Christmas cookie platter this year. Since most of our cookies were so heavy with chocolate, caramel and other wonderful ingredients, these cookies were a nice, light change of pace. Plus, they really are festive with the crushed candy canes on top.

When we made these cookies, I think we rolled the dough a tad bit larger than 1" like the recipe says to do. I don't think it matters really, they just made slightly bigger cookies. However, next time I think I will pay more attention to rolling the dough into smaller portions, as these would be perfectly cute bite sized sweets.


Peppermint Meltaways
Recipe from Taste of Home

1 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar and peppermint extract until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cornstarch and mix together until combined. Shape dough into 1" balls and place on parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom.

Frosting:
2 T. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
Crushed peppermint candies for topping

Mix butter and powdered sugar together until combined. Then add milk and peppermint extract and blend well. Spread on top of cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.



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5 comments:

  1. These look super yummy and I really like the crushed peppermint candy topping! I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas!

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  2. These look absolutely wonderful!!!

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  3. One of my favorites...your photos make everything look so delicious, make me want to start baking!

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  4. These were awesome! They came out exactly like the picture and the only things I changed was adding a pinch of salt, and I just put them on a non stick cookie sheet and they were fine. Definitely a hit on Christmas Eve!

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