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Peppermint Dream Butter Cookies

You know what butter mints are, right? Those little pastel-colored things that you mindlessly nibble from a bowl while you’re trying to avoid playing the awful games at a baby shower? Yeah, those. Older folks seem to always have them lying around too, which makes you wonder if they ever really become stale and inedible. I’ve always been fascinated with the way that they gently crumble apart and melt in your mouth.  I’m also kinda obsessed with Peppermint Patties, Junior Mints, Andes Mints and Guittard Mint Chips.  Sweet mint stuff is just irresistible to me.    These cookies are full of sweet mint stuff, and I’m obsessed with these too: Peppermint Dream Butter Cookies

These are such a simple cookie- just 6 ingredients.  And you can choose what sort of minty thing you’d like to mix in.

I had some of these Guittard Holiday Mint Chips lying around, so I used those.  Also good would be the Andes Peppermint Crunch- baking chips or  chopped up thins.  Just don’t use those butter mints I mentioned 😉

The chips are mixed into the dough, but it’s always a good idea to stud some extras on top before baking for cosmetic purposes, right?

A sprinkle of snow powdered sugar after baking and while they’re still warm, and they’re good to go.

They’re a festive one for the holiday cookie tray, sprinkled with a few festive peppermint wheels.

And I made them just for you! 🙂

Now go enjoy the weekend, deck the halls and get some of your holiday shopping done!  And pick up some of those ‘ol butter mints for old time sake.

Oh, and if you need help with holiday shopping, check out my post sharing 10 unique holiday gift ideas!

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Peppermint Dream Butter Cookies

For the recipe pictured, I used Guittard Mint Chips, but you can also use Andes Peppermint Crunch thins (chopped)- or something similar- or any kind of white mint chip.


1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/4 cups chopped Andes Peppermint Crunch Thins or mint chips, divided


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats (or spray with nonstick spray).

2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter and cream cheese. Mix in the sugar, then mix in flour and extract. Stir 1 cup of the mint chunks.

3. Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto your prepared baking sheets- 2-inches apart. Top each round of dough with a few additional pieces of mint. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden and set. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Check out more peppermint cookies from these delicious food blogs:
Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies by We Are Not Martha
Chocolate- Peppermint Bark Cookies by RecipeGirl
Chocolate Chip Peppermint Crunch Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod
Chocolate- Peppermint Crinkle Cookies by Baker’s Royale
White Chocolate- Peppermint Cookies by The Domestic Rebel

Disclosure:  I’m working with Gold Medal Flour to create seasonal recipes for the next couple of months.  This is one of those goodies.  All opinions shared are my own.

31 Responses to “Peppermint Dream Butter Cookies”

  1. postedDec 7, 2012 3:50 AM

    They look great and sound yummy, too! Happy baking!

  2. postedDec 7, 2012 3:57 AM

    OMG I love your picture! You look gorgeous Lori! I haven’t seen those holiday chips, how fun. With sprinkles in them? NEED. And finally, those cookies sound amazing!!

  3. postedDec 7, 2012 4:01 AM

    These are gorgeous Lori (as indeed are you!)

  4. postedDec 7, 2012 7:16 AM

    On a total peppermint kick at my house and I just happen to have a bag of those chips in my cupboard! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  5. postedDec 7, 2012 7:17 AM
    Susan W.S.

    I’m so excited to see this recipe! My mom bought me a bag of those Andes mint chips and I was wondering what to make with them. This is perfect!

  6. postedDec 7, 2012 8:07 AM

    Lori I think your hair grew like a half foot since the last pic I saw of you! Looks beautiful! 🙂

    And I am in love with anything peppermint this time of year!

  7. postedDec 7, 2012 8:57 AM

    Mmm, these look cute and delicious! Peppermint is a staple during the Christmas season.

  8. postedDec 7, 2012 9:06 AM

    Oh my goodness, Lori.. these are screaming my name! Okay, so I must totally be an 80 year old woman at heart because I love those butter mints 🙂 they’re so soft and dreamy and I love their melt-in-your-mouth texture. Putting them into a cookie is pure genius! These look so plush and scrumptious, and I am loving the powdered sugar dusting on top–so heavenly!

    Thanks for featuring my recipe!! Happy Holidays!

  9. postedDec 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    Ohhhh buttermint! The way to my heart 🙂

  10. postedDec 7, 2012 4:10 PM

    OMG — these look so amazing! I can’t wait to dive into my baking this year…these are certainly on my list now!

  11. postedDec 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    wow those cookies really are a dream! YUM!

  12. postedDec 7, 2012 7:21 PM

    I”m such a sucker for all things minty at this time of year! I see myself being addicted to these babies.

  13. postedDec 8, 2012 5:36 AM

    Ohh, I love a good easy cookie recipe Lori! These look quite festive!

  14. postedDec 8, 2012 7:55 AM

    Ohhhh, These look so good! What a great cookie, they look so Christmasy! Perfect for holiday entertaining!

  15. postedDec 8, 2012 9:39 AM
    Jaan L of Tx

    Can’t wait to try these goodies……but wonder what can we do with those butter mints? Guess its time to experiment….LOL..

  16. postedDec 9, 2012 7:38 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    These look fantastic Lori. Looking foward to trying these. They will be an excellent addition to the cookie tray. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

  17. postedDec 9, 2012 8:07 PM

    I LOVE those mints! Is it a sign of my age..? LOL… This recipe sounds fab- and you look AHmazzzzzing my dear friend!

  18. postedDec 10, 2012 7:16 AM

    Those mint chips are so great!!

  19. postedDec 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    Ohh…you had me with the picture!!

  20. postedDec 11, 2012 5:24 PM

    peppermint and white chocolate I just cannot get enough of lately
    for the longest time i was on a pumpkin kick–now it’s all peppermint
    cute photo Lori!

  21. postedDec 12, 2012 6:54 PM

    I have these in the oven right now!! I can tell you the dough tasted good!! lol I didn’t have chopped andes or thin mints so I used Trader Joe’s white chocolate peppermint bark. I can’t wait for them to come out of the oven!!

  22. postedDec 13, 2012 1:47 PM

    These looked so good but came out flat as they had spread and looked nothing like your picture. I am an experienced baker and love your recipes but this one seemed to have way too much butter. Help

    • postedDec 13, 2012 1:52 PM

      Really? That’s so strange. I actually had the opposite happen- the didn’t begin to flatten until they had baked for quite some time. Did you use real butter? Full fat cream cheese?

  23. postedDec 15, 2012 6:02 AM

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

  24. postedDec 22, 2012 10:44 PM

    Must try this recipe! However, I have looked high and low, but I haven’t found those cute holiday chips you used! Where did you buy them? Thanks.

    • postedDec 23, 2012 6:35 AM

      no idea! Maybe Target? You can use the alternative suggested though.

  25. postedJan 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    Is it ok for me to make these ever after the holidays j/k hahaha. I love all things mint! mmm I bet these are fantastic!

  26. postedDec 20, 2013 11:51 AM

    I made these according to the directions. And while they were stilwarm they were amazing! However, once they fully cooled, they were really hard. I have had this happen with another butter cookie recipe too, any idea what’s going on?

    • postedDec 24, 2013 6:32 AM

      I’m not sure!

  27. postedMar 7, 2017 8:12 PM

    Baked them with some changes–turned out fabulous!

    I had some pastel mint chips left over from Christmas that I needed to use up. Halfway through the recipes I read the reviews. All great picture reviews until I got to the “tried it” reviews…which weren’t so great. Begin Panic! Needed these for an event the next day. Well…I ended up modifying….here’s how…

    Decided to make these as an Easter treat, (1) time of year, and (2) didn’t have any pepper mint extract. I used vanilla extract rather than pepper mint. Also…only had 0.5 ounce of full fat cream cheese, the rest of the 2.5 oz was 1/4 fat. Then finally, got worried about the “flat and hard when cool” review, so I decided to use 1/3 cup egg whites (white to keep the white color and 1/3c = 2 large eggs). Never had a recipe like this without eggs, so felt I should add them. As I mentioned…turned out delicious!!!

    Bottom line…turned out great woth my changes…never tried the original recipe. But thanks for the base! And I definitely added 3 “decretive” chips on the top right before baking. Wish I could post a picture!!


    • postedMar 9, 2017 9:43 AM

      Thanks for the tips!

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