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Once the weather starts getting colder I immediately begin to start looking for Christmas cookies. There's just something about the chilly weather that makes me want to get in the kitchen and start baking. Of course I have my list of favorite Christmas cookies but I always like to make one or two new cookies each year to add to my growing list.
This year one of the first cookies I tried were these Peppermint Meltaway Cookies. Not only did I think they sounded delicious but I thought they looked really pretty as well. I'm all for decorated Christmas cookies that don't take too long to decorate. In this case they have a simple frosting and crushed peppermint or candy canes on top.
The recipe is really an easy one. There aren't too many ingredients in it. You do need to chill the dough so make these in advance. You can also refrigerate them over night which is nice because you can make the dough a day ahead of time.
Since these are peppermint meltaway cookies I used Adams Pure Peppermint Extract in the cookies. It gave them a burst of peppermint flavor that went perfectly with the melt in your mouth cookie. To top it off I made peppermint frosting with the peppermint extract as well as Adams Food Coloring to make it pink in color.
I thought these turned out great. They looked fun and festive and tasted amazing. I love how soft they are and that there is frosting on top of them. These would be the perfect Christmas cookie exchange cookie!
For the cookies:
- 1 c. butter (2 sticks)
- ½ c. powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon Adams Pure Peppermint Extract
- 1 ½ c. flour
For the frosting:
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoons Adams Pure Peppermint Extract
- 2-3 drops Adams Red Food Coloring
- 1 ½ c. powdered sugar
- ½ c. crushed candy canes
- In a large bowl combine the butter and powdered sugar and mix well.
- Add in the peppermint extract and flour and mix until a dough forms.
- Wrap the dough and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
- When ready to bake the cookies preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove the dough from the refrigerate and scoop with a one inch cookie scoop onto cookie sheets, two inches apart.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and cool for 1 minute on the baking sheets before removing them to cool completely on the wire racks.
- To make the frosting combine the butter and milk. It may look curdled but don't worry, it'll come together.
- Add in the peppermint extract and food coloring and mix well.
- Stir in the powdered sugar.
- Spread the frosting on each of the cookies and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
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