When the holidays roll around, there’s a lot to love. Time with family, decorations, finding the perfect gift. If we’re being honest though, we all know what the best part is. The food!
The holidays are the time for all things cinnamon, pumpkin, cranberry, peppermint and white chocolate. I’m drooling just thinking about it. If you are too, then do I have the Holy Grail of holiday recipes for you.
Are you ready? Are you sure? You should probably sit down for this.
Peppermint Sugar Cookies.
Peppermint shortbread cookies with peppermint cream cheese frosting and candy canes on top. Not for the faint of heart, let me tell you.
Now, I love peppermint with a fierce passion but I was skeptical to try this recipe. I had a friend who made peppermint cupcakes with peppermint frosting once and it was so overwhelming, it tasted like toothpaste.
Not this recipe though, I promise. Now, let’s get started.
You will need:
- 2 1/2 Cake Flour
- 2 tsp Cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 C Butter
- 1/4 C Vegetable Shortening or Butter
- 1 C Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Large egg white
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
- Crushed Candy Canes (topping)
For the Frosting:
- 4 oz Cream Cheese
- 4 TBS Butter
- 1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 2 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
- Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside
- On medium speed, whip butter, shortening ad sugar until fluffy
- Add egg. Then add egg white, vanilla, peppermint
- With the mixer still running, slowly add the dry ingredients
- Put dough in an airtight container and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Scoop dough out and flatten on a flour powdered surface until 1/2 inch thick then cut cookies using a cup (dusted in flour)
- Bake 10 minutes then let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing
With a paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
Add peppermint and powdered sugar.
Crush candy canes into small pieces and sprinkle on top.
For best results, enjoy curled up under a blanket on your favorite couch with a mug of strong black tea.
The flavor is strong but not overpowering. No confusing these cookies for toothpaste (unless you want to. No judgements here).
I’d love for you to give them a try and then tell me what you think!
In the meantime, any good holiday baking recipes to share with me? We only have a few more weeks until Christmas and I’m determined to make as many treats as possible before the holiday season ends!