Peppermint Sugar Cookies

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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.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 25 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min


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)

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  • Sara wrote:

    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.

  • Jennifer wrote:

    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!!

  • Talia wrote:

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

  • gina wrote:

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

  • Sara wrote:

    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.

  • gina wrote:

    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?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Adria wrote:

    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.

  • jodi wrote:

    Yumm, I’m going to try these forsure

  • Leah wrote:

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

  • MEILING wrote:

    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.

  • Sarah wrote:

    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…

  • Kristen wrote:

    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.

  • Allison wrote:

    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.

  • Natasha wrote:

    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.

  • Tiffany wrote:

    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.

  • Victoria wrote:

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

  • Andrea wrote:

    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!! 🙂

  • Tasha wrote:

    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.

  • Lisa B wrote:

    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!!

  • Suzi wrote:

    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.