Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 25 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

This is a nice, crispy cookie. Be careful not to bake them too long. The cookies that bake up best are those that don't have large chunks of peppermint in them. It's best if you crush the peppermint until almost powdered or very small pieces.


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candies or candy canes (about 3-ounces)
additional powdered sugar for rolling


1. Sift together dry ingredients- flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and beat until blended. Add egg whites and extract and mix well (mixture will look grainy). Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir in peppermint candies.

3. Gather dough into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for about an hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Position rack in middle of oven. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.

5. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Using tines of a fork, flatten each cookie, creating crisscross pattern.

6. Bake until cookies are golden on bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.


*Use round peppermint mints or small candy canes (they easier to unwrap than the larger ones).
*These cookies turn out best if mint is crushed finely, with few large "chunks" of peppermint.
*Reader tip: Add white chocolate chips!
*Since readers recommended it, I added some peppermint extract to the original recipe.

Source: (via Bon Appetit)

43 Responses to “Peppermint Sugar Cookies”

  1. postedDec 16, 2009 8:38 AM

    I made these cookies the other day and was a bit underwhelmed. I used a store-brand peppermint candy and I’m wondering if they were the problem, because these cookies had barely any peppermint flavor at all. They’re pretty and tasty, with a nice buttery flavor and I’ll definitely make them again, but next time I’ll add some peppermint extract.

  2. postedDec 15, 2010 2:03 PM
    Lisa B

    These cookies are delectable….. What a great twist on a common sugar cookie. I absolutely love peppermint and these are the perfect treat for the mint lover… To add an little extra punch, I added a few drops of peppermint essential oil, food grade, of course. I could barely contain myself before they got out of the oven…. the perfect addition to my Holiday baking!!

  3. postedNov 20, 2011 5:46 PM

    I made these and thought they were just a little bland. That could have been my fault though. They’re really pretty! I decided to add some white chocolate chips to my second batch to add some flavor. I think if I did it again I would add some peppermint extract too.

  4. postedNov 25, 2011 6:56 PM

    I made these a couple of days ago with the original recipe (no peppermint extract) and following the directions completely. They turned out well – I really did like them, enough that I decided to make more batches. After reading the comments from others I decided to make the second batch with a bit of a twist – instead of adding peppermint extract, I used just under 1/2 Cup of peppermint pieces and then topped it up to approx. 3/4 Cup with finely chopped Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses (So approx. 1/2 C peppermint candies, 1/4 C finely chopped peppermint kisses). These added extra peppermint flavour, and a bit of extra flavour. They turned out so well – I am tempted to make even MORE batches!! 🙂

  5. postedDec 3, 2011 1:01 AM

    I made these yesterday and I didn’t care for them. The peppermint flavor was not strong enough and the cookies were dry. Sorry.

  6. postedDec 4, 2011 1:40 PM

    I made these for my Christmas Open House coming up Dec 10th. They aren’t bad but I wish I would have followed Andrea’s additions. They’re not pepperminty enough for me. I’ll have to try another batch after the party is over and I get other opinions.

  7. postedDec 4, 2011 3:25 PM

    I was excited to make these, but I couldn’t find peppermint extract at two stores I went to (Trader Joe’s and Raley’s) so I decided to add ground candy canes to the powdered sugar that you roll the cookies in prior to baking. I actually put the powdered sugar and about 5 mini candy canes in the food processor and ground it up. I think it had a good peppermint flavor, but maybe a little dry. Yummy.

  8. postedDec 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    Hi there, my friend and I found your recipe on Pinterest and absolutely love this cookie! We added white chocolate drizzle and more crushed candy on top yum!(also the peppermint extract) I hope you don’t mind I shared a link to your recipe on my blog today.

  9. postedDec 7, 2011 7:02 PM

    I was not impressed with these. I was very excited to make them, but they just didn’t meet my expectations. They weren’t sweet enough for me and the peppermint flavor could have been stronger.

  10. postedDec 10, 2011 12:57 PM

    I also made these according to the recipe, they are extremely dry and bland. Maybe granulated sugar would be better? I was also excited to make these and am a little disappointed…

  11. postedDec 11, 2011 7:32 PM

    I was pretty underwhelmed. While the concept and look of these are adorable, they just weren’t sweet enough. To increase the sweetness, I added a glaze but substituted vanilla extract with peppermint. It helped, but I think the recipe needs granulated sugar in place of confectioners sugar.

  12. postedDec 14, 2011 2:03 PM

    Loved them!
    I used the peppermint extract and found them soft, sweet and pepperminty!

  13. postedDec 15, 2011 12:24 PM

    Yumm, I’m going to try these forsure

  14. postedDec 18, 2011 10:12 AM

    These tasted more like peppermint shortbread cookies versus sugar cookies, but still buttery and tasty. I also rolled the little dough balls in granulated sugar before popping them into the oven for a little sparkle.

  15. postedDec 18, 2011 11:14 AM

    Do you guys think this would be a good cookie to roll out an cut out with shapes. I have been looking for something that was not just the plain sugar cookie?

    • postedDec 18, 2011 2:17 PM

      No, I don’t think this is a rolling sort of cookie.

  16. postedDec 19, 2011 5:58 AM

    I love these cookies! I made a bunch for the ladies I teach with and my bf who is overseas. Instead of peppermint extract, I used mint extract (only because I already had the mint extract). I also added extra crushed candy canes and peppermint flavored sugar sprinkles to the top.

  17. postedDec 20, 2011 11:08 AM

    ok thank you . Iam still gonna make em for fun . an then just use a basic sugar cookie for the cookie party

  18. postedDec 23, 2011 6:07 PM

    I put chopped up peppermint kisses in the cookies and it was delicious!

  19. postedDec 24, 2011 10:43 AM

    I am allergic to chocolate and peanut butter, and so I get sick of plain sugar cookies! These are AMAZING!!! I love the crunchy bits of peppermint within the cookie. I made these with the peppermint extract, and the flavor was really good. I could hardly wait for them to cool! WONDERFUL!!

  20. postedDec 25, 2011 8:50 PM

    I was also a little underwhelmed. They weren’t very sweet. I sprinkled granulated sugar on top when they came out of the oven to sweeten them up a little, but the still need something. I think a peppermint kiss in the middle would be a yummy addition. It’s a good base cookie, but definitely needs a frosting or candy or something.

  21. postedDec 28, 2011 5:29 PM

    I made these for Christmas and also had some difficulty. Next time I will double or triple the peppermint extract, but that was a minor issue. The cookies were very airy and dry, and “disintegrated” when eaten. Those that weren’t eaten right away crumbled and wouldn’t hold together. Help?

  22. postedNov 22, 2012 9:59 AM

    I made these with only about 3/4 powdered sugar, and about 1 cup raw sugar. and no peppermint extract. Only baked them for 10 minutes and they were so YUMMY!! Perfect amount of sugar cookie taste with a hint of peppermint. And they stayed soft for a few days!

  23. postedDec 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    Something went wrong lol- I believe i blended my batter for TOO long- my cookies are more like bread- soft and fluffy- no crisp at all– I added 2tbsp of vanilla and 1/4tsp extra of peppermint extract- great flavor- just def nothing like the picture!!— yummy to eat though

  24. postedDec 6, 2012 6:05 PM

    I made these exactly as written and thought they were good. I was surprised to read so many comments saying the cookies weren’t sweet enough; I have a huge sweet tooth, and thought these were plenty sweet. Maybe people skipped the rolling them in powdered sugar step? Next time I’ll probably add a little extra peppermint extract, and I think I’ll try dipping half the cookie in melted chocolate. Oh, and mine spread quite a bit more than yours, so the fork indentations disappeared. I tried putting the dough balls in the freezer prior to baking, but that didn’t help. But I have that problem with a lot of cookies; wish I knew how to fix it.

  25. postedDec 13, 2012 6:12 PM

    These are definitely on my holiday baking list!

  26. postedDec 17, 2012 6:47 AM

    I’ve just made these and they’re wonderful. I used a mix of salted & unsalted butter as did not have enough unsalted, so I omitted the salt. I had no peppermint extract so I used vanilla and added a little more powdered sugar to the recipe as people had said they weren’t sweet enough. I find them lovely & sweet and plenty minty enough for me….maybe my candy canes are very strongly flavoured. Like Marcie though mine spread quite a bit and the indentations aren’t very pronounced. They are also slightly cakey in the centre, crispy around the edges but softer in the middle, I’m not sure how I could have prevented this. They are still lovely, just not as crispy as I had expected.

  27. postedDec 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    I’m only 8 and I found this recipe on my Anna’s iPad and we made it today. We used a big hammer to crush the star rites and some flew all was fun, and they were delicious.

    • postedDec 24, 2013 6:26 AM

      That’s so fun to hear!!

  28. postedJan 4, 2014 2:15 PM

    This recipe originally appeared in Bon Appetit magazine. You should credit the original source.

    • postedJan 5, 2014 8:19 PM

      The recipe was given to me, so didn’t have any source.

  29. postedNov 29, 2014 10:15 AM

    So, i am 11 years old and my mom LOVES to bake and LOVES anything Mint. i was looking for a Mint Sugar Cookie recipe So i can wake up very early to make her these cookies on Christmas, so when she wakes up they will be warm. As i kept looking for a good recipe all i found was Chocolate mint cookies! i was devastate! Until… i found this one. I am hoping this is very good! and telling by some of the comments I am probably gonna have to put a tad more peppermint. Well wish me luck making these cookies by Myself!

  30. postedDec 5, 2014 1:05 PM

    This recipe appeared on p 77 of the December 1994 issue of Bon Appetit. It should be sourced.

    • postedDec 5, 2014 1:29 PM

      Thanks for letting me know- it was just given to me, so no idea where the source was! I’ll add it!

  31. postedDec 7, 2014 2:10 PM
    Amanda C.

    So after looking at this recipe I was wondering if maybe it would be better to use regular sugar instead of powdered sugar because I feel that maybe it would taste better or did anyone think the powder sugar would actually give a better flavor and sweetness?

  32. postedDec 26, 2014 1:37 PM

    I found this recipe last Christmas and made it for my small group of 1st grade girls at church. They are candy cane lovers and these were a lovely addition to their Christmas goodie bags. Unfortunately, I didn’t bookmark this page, so this year I had to search again for a candy cane sugar cookie recipe. My first batch this year was a different recipe and I was so disappointed by how they turned out. I think these are great! I am so glad I found this page again!

  33. postedDec 2, 2016 7:15 PM
    carol middleton

    This recipe did not meet my expectations. The cookies spread into “blobs” even though the dough was chilled. The criss cross pattern made with the tines of a fork did not show. I added more peppermint extract and used Brachs brand starlight mints and It still did not have a strong enough peppermint flavor. Tasted like flour. I have renamed this recipe peppermint blobs and will not be making again. I am an experienced cookie baker and have never had a recipe turn out so disappointing. Would like to know if others experienced these same results.

    • postedDec 3, 2016 5:51 AM

      Sorry they did not work out for you. Looks like there are mixed reviews on this recipe. The recipe is not one that I created- it comes directly from an old Bon Appetit magazine!

  34. postedNov 21, 2017 11:20 AM

    I just Love how these turned out! Thank you

  35. postedDec 16, 2017 11:34 AM

    These arent sugar cookies, at all. If you want a moist, sugar cookie with a peppermint twist, look elsewhere. These aren’t bad cookies, just not what I was expecting. These are basically shortbread cookies with a slight, slight hint of peppermint. Again, not bad cookies, just not a sugar cookie.

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