Peppermint Meltaways Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
- 1. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
- 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- 3. In a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
1 cookie: 126 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Reviews for Peppermint Meltaways
"These are so good and they hold up to their name, meltaways, because they do melt in your mouth! I put them on a tray with other cookies and gave to friends. All of them said they like these the best. It's a keeper!"
"These were delicious!!! My kids wanted to try them without the frosting - eh, dry and boring. But with the frosting and candy cane, just perfect. Definitely adding to my annual cookie making!!!"
"These were terrible. So dry and taste awful. My family won't even eat them"
"Terrible! Cookies do not hold together and crumble when touched. Taste like peppermint flour!"
"I don't doubt that this recipe is not good , but I am saddened to say Taste of home you ruined this recipe for me . Your 2013 Taste of Home Christmas book is very misleading when it comes to this recipe. It does not say anything about refrigeration in the book , which made this recipe in my mind frustrating . Maybe if you spent some time correcting your published mistakes you wouldn't have my criticisms. Great recipe online . Horrible recipe from the book . Here's a nice title you can change the book recipe to . Instead of peppermint melt aways , it should read PEPPERMINT CRUMBLES !"
"My husband does not like frosting so instead of frosting the cookies and adding the peppermint on top, I folded about 1/2 cup peppermint bits into the cookie batter. I did use 1 1/2 cup flour to 1/4 cup cornstarch for better flavor. They were delicious! I had a bit of trouble getting them cleanly off the parchment paper so will grease it next time."
"Made this for the first time this year. One batch was made with almond extract and one with peppermint extract. Both batches disappeared almost as fast as I could get them plated and to the table! Lots of compliments received -- will make them again, maybe for Valentine's day with a little pink food coloring added to the batter."
"These are delicious! The texture is so yummy and the mint frosting makes it just sweet enough. I baked mine on silicone baking sheets, and I would recommend using either that or parchment. I noticed a few reviewers had trouble with the frosting being runny...I suggest mixing your butter with the powdered sugar first, and then adding the milk so you have more control over the amount of liquid."
"Tried for first time and they really do melt in your mouth!! Easy to make. Very tasty! I did not have peppermint extract so I used a small amount of my peppermint essential oil. It worked great!!"
"These are amazing! My girls and I have made these for Christmas for years. They really do melt in your mouth. Thank you for sharing!!"
"I love these cookies and this is my third year making them. I followed the recipe with 1 and 1/4 c flour and 1/2 cup cornstarch, and someone said it should be 1 1/2 fflour and 1/4 c cornstarch....? They were gone in a flash and several people asked for the recipe.mi don't understand the complaints but everyone has different tastes."
"This is a yummy recipe BUT if you make it as is, the cookie part can get very chalky tasting. This year, I cut out the cornstarch and added more flour. They are much better this way!"
"These did not turn out for me. I had to throw both batches of cookies away. They broke while taking them off the sheet. They tasted alright, but the texture was like eating chalk! What a waste of ingredients!"
"These turned out great and did not crumble as some of the reviewers have shared. This is basically a peppermint-flavored shortbread recipe, so overmixing the dough once the flour is added is a no-no. I recommend keeping the mixer on the low setting while mixing in the flour and stopping as soon as it is mixed. I also refrigerated the cookie balls until they were ready to go into the oven, so my cookies did not spread and flatten."
"Love anything peppermint...did not like these at all! I thought a half a cup of cornstarch sounded like a lot for in a cookie. They tasted like chalk...threw the whole batch out!!!"
"These cookies taste great but had to give them bad score because I found many other reviews to b right-they flattened and crumbled so much I could even frost them and had to dump them. Taste of Home-please review this recipe and fix it. Thanks!"
"My kids and I tested 4 new cookie recipes last night and these were the only ones we didn't like. As other reviewers have stated, the cornstarch flavor is strong and leaves an awful aftertaste. They spread and didn't hold their shape at all. No good! I'm glad we had 3 other batches of cookies because these went in the trash."
"Is the recipe correct as read or is it 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/4 cup corn starch. Since reading comments, want to make sure before making them. Will go ahead and bake others from Taste of Home recipes for the time being."
"Everyone liked these. I took 6 in. candy canes(3 of them) & put in zip bag & hit them with a hammer until finely crushed. When frosting cookies I dipped them upside down in the crushed candy I had put in small dish, even prettier than yours! They were a hit too! Enjoyed making some of your top 10 goodies this year!!"
"The recipe is fantastic! I have made it for every holiday event for a few years now. It is always the talk of the sweet table!"
"Oh where to start. Something is wrong with this recipe. These are not great. I read other reviews and reduced the amount of cornstarch and it was still too much. The cookies did NOT hold their shape at all. They flattened and spread together. They do melt in your mouth though, they melt into a floury paste that coats your mouth. Taste is not horrible, but not sweet enough and they leave an aftertaste that is not appealing."
"Very good. They really do melt in your mouth."
"These cookies were terrible. The amount of baking soda must be a mistake. They didn't hold together like a cookie and the taste was absolutely awful!!!!"
"Very delicious! And they did melt in your mouth! My family loved these cookies and I will be making them every Christmas!"
"My family loved these cookies."
"I make these every year, and it is only a 1/4 cup corn starch, 1 1/2 cups flour!"
"Good recipe. Looks pretty on my cookie gift plates. A little too much cornstarch taste for me. Will cut it down next time."
"oh so good, this is a keeper"
"These were really easy to make! I admit having cornstarch as a main ingredient threw me, but wow! They are fantastic!!! I made these for a youth cookie sale fundraiser and there weren't any left. I have had numerous requests for the recipe."
"The frosting didn't come out at all like the picture shows but overall it was tasty."
"Very easy to make and so delicious! Friends and family ate them all up! Definitely making more to hand out for the holidays. I baked them on a silicone sheet and they came out perfect! I just used a flat metal spatula to move them to a cooling rack!"
"I have won the cookie exchange bake off 2 years running with these melt in your mouth treats! I make them quite small, and give as gifts in goodie bags. A huge hit! Sometimes I substitute cinnamon for peppermint, equally as yummy!"
"These cookies are. Amazing! I left the peppermint out of the frosting but both ways are delicious. I also sifted the flour and cornstarch together and it yielded a delicious shortbread style cookie that truly melts in your mouth! Trying to figure out how to alter this recipe to make a chocolate based cookie. Yum!!!"
"I was so excited to find this recipe and they looked delicious! I just made them for a cookie exchange, and had to throw them out. My will-eat-anything husband even thought they were terrible. The cookies melt in your mouth, into a ball of thick sticky, chewy, floury tasting mess. I was sure I must have done something wrong and triple checked the recipe, but I followed it exactly. So disappointed."
"These are wonderful cookies! I tried this recipe for the first time and I just added 1/2 tsp. salt with the flour and cornstarch. I used 2 Tbsp. eggnog in the icing rather than the milk! I got 38 cookies total! They WERE rounded, but to me, that was fine! I'd crushed candy canes and I sprinkled some on each iced cookie. I allowed the cookies to set in the refrigerator on a cooling rack in order for the icing to get firm! This recipe IS a keeper! I'd sampled 2 of these cookies-I WILL SAY THIS: They ARE delicate cookies! I had to work carefully with them when removing them from baking sheets. I also greased my baking sheets and the cookies were easier for me to remove from the baking sheets when done. I just baked 10 minutes and as the recipe stated, the bottoms got lightly browned. Thank you for sharing this recipe!delowenstein"
"These are delicious and festive. Yes, they do melt in your mouth!!"
"Wonderful little cookies that really carry the taste of the season. Mine yielded 28 cookies, apparently I made them larger than recommended. A little on the round side i decided to slightly flatten the balls before baking."
"wonderful cookie recipe. A great variation to this recipe is to substitute almond extract for the peppermint extract and leave the candies off. Melt in your mouth delicious! Highly addicting too. A keeper!"
"I did not care for this cookie. The taste of corn starch was to overpowering. But on the other hand my daughter thought they were good."
"Not only are they melt in your mouth delicious, they are a very pretty cookie that stores well; This will be a regular for me!"
"these cookies do melt in your mouth."
"My grandchildren love this cookie and ask for it all the time."
"The best thing about these cookies!!! They get better after a few days. I bake a lot at Christmas time. And I like to have a variety. So anything I can make in advance is wonderful. So at least 3 days or more prior to is when I make them. There is a similar but chocolate version out there too. It's the same with those 3 or more days and the flavor is much better. Just store in plastic ware and in a cool place. My garage isn't heated. And who would think to look out there for sweets....!"
"They really do melt away in your mouth."
"These were wonderful"
"My cookies turned out very pretty. I added a few drops of green food coloring for Christmas. I will probably not make again though--the taste of the cornstarch is very overpowering."
"These are great cookies. This is my first year making them and it will not be the last. I had a lot of fun making them. I used peppermint oil in stead of extract!"
"I've been baking these for my Christmas cookie trays since they first appeared in S&D in 2008. Everyone loves them! They instantly became my oldest grandson's favorite dessert (he was only 8 then--still his favorite, today! They took 1st place at our Christmas cookie contest one year ,too! Thanks for the GREAT cookie recipe!! Update, Dec. 2015--I took some of these to school today for some special kids. I saw one later in the day with one of her friends. I asked her how she liked them and she said she LOVED them and even shared with her friend. Her friend said it was the best cookie she ever had and made her heart meltaway!! (So sweet)ToniGommy of 5 (and "pending")"
"Ive made these 2 years in a row and both times the come out looking really pretty but both times the taste of cornstarch is overpowering. What am I doing wrong? I m following the recipe just like it says."
"These cookies are really good. I used a one inch cookie scoop so I didn't have any trouble "rolling" them. I have made them every Christmas for the last three years and they always recieve lots of compliments. They are a very pretty cookie with minimal effort. They taste great and are pretty, what more could I ask for?"
"These are a MUST MAKE every year in our home. They are wonderful!!"
"My son loves peppermint and requests them every Christmas. Delicious!"
"I made these cookies this past week-end. They looked beautiful and came out delicious. This recipe is a keeper. I received wonderful compliments and will do them again. Thanks..."
"LOVE these little cookies! I first made them last year for a Christmas party. They were a big hit. (Note: I used peppermint oil instead of extract so I only used half the amount listed) I did not use the candies on top, I just used sprinkles because that is what I had."
"I make these every year. They truly do melt in your mouth, so good!"
"How would these be with cocoa added?"
"I used the softer melt in your mouth type of peppermints not the smooth shiny hard kind and I think it makes a big difference"
"use mint? Peppermint too strong"
"These cookies were awesome! They are very easy and quick to make. This will definitely be on my list of cookies to make all year long. I used vanilla flavoring in one bath and it was also great. The frosting was perfect. I used red and green sugar with the peppermint and they defintely do melt in your mouth. Only problem is you can't eat just one!"
"These were yummy and looked beautiful!"
"Very easy and very good... my kids and husband loved them. Going to make them for Pre-school and my sons grade 6 class too."
"I made these cookies 8 yrs ago. I lost the recipe when we moved to another house. I'm so glad I got it back. These cookies are wonderful. It's the first cookies my husband liked that wasn't a soft chewy cookie. I had to make another batch to give out because he ate them all. Thank you for still having this recipe."
"My cookies came out perfect and we live at high altitude. Cooked for 12 min. instead of 10. I cheated and used Pillsbury frosting in a squirt can, still delicious. Fun for kids to make!"
"Simple recipe that melts in your mouth!"
"I've made peppermint cookies before and never had much luck really liking them. I love peppermint but just couldn't find a recipe that worked for me until this one... The entire family LOVED them... So easy and soooo good."
"these Peppermint Meltaways are so good I make a double batch every year!I use red, green & white candy canes, so pretty & so delicious!They freeze well as well & yes, they melt in your mouth!"
"Very good cookies and very festive!! I was a little concerned because i felt that the dough was a little bland, but it paired wonderfully with the frosting! It really offset the sweet frosting perfectly. And they really do melt in your mouth! Would definitely recommend."
"We love these! We make them every year. So easy to make too!"
"One of my "go to" holiday recipes."
"I make these every Christmas. They are just delicious, and I never have any left, ever!!!"
"This is such a simple and quick recipe. These cookies turned out delicious! I highly reccommend!!"
"I made these last night for my works bake sale and they were a HIT!! The biggest advice i have (if you are not a "baker", like myself) is to research how to correctly "cream butter and confectioners' sugar" which is the first step in the recipe. That is what will keep them from going flat!"
"Is that amount of cornstarch really right? I would have expected two tablespoons, max."
"I would not make these again. They came out as flat as pancakes and there is no flavor to them at all. I had to add an additional cup of powdered sugar to the batter to offset the strong taste of cornstarch."
"Don't let these sit too long after making them. They are delicious when fresh, but time takes the flavor away. About 4 days and they are done."
"Try using parchment paper. You also might want to refrigerate them for a couple hours before you roll them. YUMMM!"
"This recipe can be changed to any flavor of extract you have in the house. I made lemon ones and plan to make the almond ones next. Very good! One word of advice I didn't put in my last review...use parchment paper. A perfect cookie every time!"
"i was having trouble rolling into a ball so i put in refrigerator for a bit and that helped a ton! an amazing delicate cookie, would make a good gift pared with hot cocoa mix , or next to your favorite fudge,,, will def make again!"
"Wow! These have to be the most delicious cookies I've ever tasted. They're a little tricky to make but definitely worth it!"
"I made one batch to see how they were, as there were mixed reviews. These are excellent. Everyone loved them. I don't know what some were expecting. Not all cookies are chewy and gooy. These remind me of what you would have at a fancy tea party or something. Very cute cookies. The 7yr. old said they were the best of the new cookies we tried this year. I will be making another batch today."
"I've made this recipe twice. It is very tasty. The first time I put red food coloring in and made the frosting too runny. The second time I made it thicker and put green food coloring in. They are very pretty and festive and EASY!!! The only comment from my son was they had a very minty flavor...next time I will hold the extract out of the frosting."
"I would only remake these if someone could maybe help me out. They came out flat and broke very easy, taste was not to bad. I went by the receipe. Plz help. Thanx"
"Yummy, pepperminty, my extract got away from me a little and into the dough, still good. melty and super easy. The frosting is good and pipes well. I would even swap for vanilla extract and put it on sugar cookies, It stiffens but still melts with the cookie."
"Amazingly light! These cookies are not overly sweet, so perhaps that is one reason some people don't care for them. They are, however, a perfect counterpoint to some of the decadent cookies I include for gifts to friends and family. I will absolutely continue to make these again!"
"These treats are exquisite. So buttery they really do almost melt in your mouth. I used them for a cookie exchange and they were a favorite!"
"I thought I had done something wrong because these were horrible! I looked at the receipe again and I followed it exactly. Uuukkk"
"Truly melt-in-your-mouth! It's hard to eat just one. The peppermint flavor is just right & it's not to sweet."
"Looks like ToH had discarded a lot of old reviews. I reviewed these once and it is no longer posted - but I could only choose 2 starts today - must be my old review! We did not like these at all. They were pasty and oily. Not worth the calories."
"This is a must for Christmas around here. Love these cookies!"
"I make these every year. They just melt in your mouth. I leave off the frosting, they are sweet enough on their own."
"This cookie is one of our family;s favorite. Every year we make these and give them as gifts with other cookies."
"i love these cookies My daughter has so much fun putting the peppermints on them"
"This is a good recipe on a cookie platter, it's something different!"
"The dough was too crumbly to even make a cookie. I ended up throwing the whole batch away :("
"These are truly EASY to prepare and are absolutely delicious. Nice peppermint taste!"
"I made this recipe last year for Christmas gifts. They were a big hit & so easy to make. I was even given the tins back so they could be refilled again."
"Loved these cookies. Very tasty, interesting texture in your mouth, and pretty. They are a wonderful contrast to other types of holiday cookies."
"I made these last year and this year for xmas they were a big hit!"
"wonderful melt in your mouth - great flavor!"
"I made these for Christmas last year. They were so simple & they just melted in your mouth. They were not too pepperminty either. I wish I would have had time to make them this year too!"
"oh my goodness!!!! i finally made these cookies and yes, they really do melt in your mouth - especially when they are still a little warm - be careful tho, they will just crumble in your hand. and so easy to prepare!!!!"
"I was so happy to see this recipe as one of the best of the year. These cookies remain in my short list of favorites! Following the recipe exactly achieves perfect results, and I surely wouldn't change a thing. I usually make the dough the night before baking and place in a covered container in the frig for easier handling. Mix all ingredients by hand, not by electric mixer. Be sure to use peppermint extract, not mint. Don't overbake waiting for the tops to brown. Made as directed, the frosting is wonderful! Be sure that the cookies have cooled completely. The frosting spreads well then firms enough when dry so that the cookies are fairly stackable in a tin. I break up canes with a hammer between waxed paper then roll them to a finer state with a rolling pin. Frost a cookie then sprinkle right away before the frosting dries. I don't use food coloring, since they look so sweet and festive, as shown. Love them!!"
"How can this be the 2010 #1 recipe when it has the lowest ratings and has a lot of 'bad' reviews??"
"Made these cookies for the 1st time this year and we all loved them. Made three more batches. Can't see why these wouldn't turn out fine if you follow the recipe. Sometimes people change things and then complain when they don't turn out. As for the taste, that's probably just a matter of a personal liking."
"I wasn't very happy with this cookies in fact I tried twice, I think the dough is too thin after u add the few ingredients and then u make the ball and it didnt form or taste very good when I was done. So i made something else."
"Love them! Super easy and taste amazing. On top of those two things they are also very pretty."
"I followed this recipe exactly. I don't know precisely what it was, but the cookie is tart, perhaps the corn starch. I tasted one before frosting them and nearly threw the whole batch away. They are slightly palatable with the frosting. They look pretty, but I would not make these again."
"For some reason I did not get the "meltaway" texture, so it was more like a "thumbprint" cookie for me. I just changed the name when describing and it was fine! Besides that, it was delicious. I did replace the milk with water in the frosing recipe. I must say, the frosting was superb! I'm trying to think of other ways to use it, such as with a brownie. Yes, it was that good! I may make my own Meltaway recipe (more cornstarch, less flour and conf. sugar) and sub the peppermint for the vanilla extract and use this icing."
"These were ok...the cookies by themselves were dry and tasteless, but the icing helped. The icing had the consistency of tooth paste. Not at all what I was expecting."
"These peppermint meltaways were delicious! I made these for my family Christmas party and they were a big hit! It made so many and ALL of them were gone! I was hoping there would be enough left so I could take the rest of them home (I'll just have to double the recipe next time) :-) My husband isn't a fan of peppermint, but he actually LOVED these! I am making this recipe again this year for my in-laws, so I can't wait to see what they think of them!"
"So good! I made them with my 3 & 4 year old children and their friend. Simple enough for them to help and do their own."
"I just finished making these, and I LOVE them! They're meltaways, so they are meant to be a bit crumbly (I prefer the term "delicate"). They really do "melt in your mouth." My only complaint is that my frosting turned pink rather than red when I added the food coloring, but after sprinkling on the crushed candy canes, they look just fine. YUM - O!"
"I omitted the peppermint extract and used almond extract, instead. Another thing I left out was the buttercream frosting because I wanted smething hard on top. So, I substituted melted vanilla chips and placed the crushed candy before the melted chips dried. Mine were bite sized, so that the whole cookie could be placed into mouths. Loved them!"
"I did not care for these cookies...and I love peppermint. My daughter didn't care for them either. cookie was a bit bland, I added a bit more confectioners sugar and a touch of milk because they were not sweet enough and the dough really thick. The frosting was not fluffy and pretty like the pic, at all. Frosting was runny when I made it, so I didn't even bother putting it in my frosting dispenser....and I followed the frosting recipe as indicated. Would not make again, I'd search another recipe."
"This will be my 3rd year making these cookies. Everyone loves them."
"Cornstarch made them very try & sandy tasting. Did not care for them. Though, they do look pretty."
"I will add an egg to hold them together. I don't know why they crumble. I don't know if cream of tartar would do it. Let me know if anyone tries."
"These cookies were so easy to make. They are crumbly...hence the "meltaway" title, but I never had any problems with them, just make sure you let them cool before transfering. They are very tasty and truely melt in your mouth."
"They definitely melt in your mouth. Since my kids aren't big peppermint fans, they didn't care for them. I thought they tasted better without the crushed candy on top, but they do look better with it. As far as them crumbling, They do if you don't work your dough enough. Get the ingredients incorporated well, though, and they hold up great."
"These melt in your mouth-we used slightly vanilla and peppermint-y buttercream frosting tinted light pink and mint green and put it into a baggie with a spritz type tip on it. The kids did the frosting on the cookies and we left out the peppermint candies on top!"
"these will absolutely melt in your mouth. very easy to make."
"This recipe was very easy and tasty. I used vanilla bark instead of the frosting. They looked just as pretty and festive, and stacked easily for storage."
"I loved these cookies as well as my family & friends...they melted in my mouth! :) They are a shortcake type cookie. I baked only 10 mins on an airbake...I made mine bite size so there was not much on the crumbling side. The teenagers begged for me to make more! A family favorite for sure! :)"
"REALLY A NICE ADDITION TO MY cookie PLATTER. EVERYONE LOVED THEM. I DID NOT USE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT IN THE FROSTING THOUGH, AS IT WAS TOO MUCH PEPPERMINT. WONDERFUL TEXTURE, AND THEY DO MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. YUMMY"
"ok, first i have a question. when you add the flour/cornstarch mix, do you do so with the hand mixer or mix in by hand? secondly, the dough did taste flour-y, and my guess the cornstarch could be to blame. never made a cookie recipe that called for it before. so, i'd make again, omit the cornstarch, and possibly add an egg. need to experiment. i'll report back with the update."
"Crumb. Perhaps I did not bake long enough (used an airbake sheet and baked 14 min). Although they seemed done, they just had a floury, greasy taste/feel. This is not why I made them, but why are these cookies listed as 'healthy/light'? They are almost 1:1 fat:flour."
"The cookies were O.K. The main problem was the taste. They seemed to be missing something ( bland and had a slight flour taste). I may try them again but use salted butter instead of the unsalted. I am hoping they will have a more shortbread taste then."
"These cookies were very dry and fell apart in your hands. Be careful, I actually made these for some little ones in my family. Big mistake, nothing but a mess you have to be extra gentle for these no-favor dry cookies not to cruble in your hands. Would not recommend, threw most of them away. Waste of time."
"One of our new favorites. Simply delicious and so easy!"
"Easy to make and not bad. Half the family liked and half hated. Cookies do crumble and (to me) taste like flour and like they are missing something. I think this is a recipe you just have to try to know whether or not you are going to like it."
"The cookies don't melt they crumble. I'm so glad I took the other's advice & only put half the peppermint in the frosting. I have 3 children & not one of them liked them. We're very disappointed."
"These little cookies are wonderful. I did make a slight change, though...I wasn't sure if the frosting would set up hard or not, and I needed to stack these on cookie trays, so I made a royal icing instead, and piped on a little swirl of it, then dipped in the crushed mints.....fabulous! A few of the cookies came out of the oven a little flattened....could have been my mixing? Who knows.....for the most part, they are totally great! Will definitely make again!"
"I made these for Christmas. I thought they were a waste of time when I tasted them. They were boring and crumbly. I was very disappointed, especially since they were considered a contest winner. What were the judges judging the day that made these a winner? I DO NOT RECCOMMEND THESE AT ALL. SAVE YOUR TIME FOR SOMETHING THAT REALLY TASTE GOOD."
"Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum! Melt in your mouth yum!"
"Loved these, but would add only half the peppermint extract that it caled for to the frosting. I baked them on parchment paper so had no trouble getting them off the pan. They do melt-away in your mouth. Had many nice comments when I made them for a party."
"One of my favorites! Will definitely make again!"
"Delicious (you obviously have to like peppermint) but very easy and good."
"I made these cookies for the first time last year and have many requests for them again this year. I think these will be a holiday tradition in my house."
"I've made these cookies 3 times now. My husband & coworkers love them. The first time I made them too big so didn't end up with very many. Live & learn. Definately a keeper!"
"very good -they melted in your mouth-although I thought the 1/2 cornstarch was a mis print - must be not -would bake them again-this is going into my save file"
"These were very easy to make, except they were really stong with peppermint...I suggest to use less peppermint in either the cookies or the icing...But they were good."
"Theses were great - not so sweet and not too minty."
"Will not make these again. They do melt in your mouth as promised but a little dry and the dough is hard to work with. Frosting dries up quickly so you need to work with it quickly."
"Taste was very good but could not pick up off plate without crumbling. Don't know what I did wrong. Followed recipe. Maybe made a little too large. Did anyone else have a problem?"
"This recipe works beautifully just the way it is, and my family absolutely loves it. I end up hiding what I've made in order to keep it for Christmas day. This recipe is definitely a keeper."
"Made these and they looked just like the picture. I tried the Andes baking chips on top but was disappointed that they didn't look more like the bag shows(they were almost cream and red) so I finished the rest off with candy canes which looked 100 times better and tasted better than I thought. My frosting turned out like a buttercream(other reviewers had said it was too runny) and I put the dough in the fridge for a few hours and they rolled up in balls just fine.They are a bit dry, and they need more flavor. I might make them with vanilla so the butter flavor comes through more. Overall a very festive cookie that I will make again. My kids think they are awesome!"
"I followed the recipe to a "t" and they were DRY- I guess that is what they meant by "melt" they fall apart in your mouth because they are so dry, but so dry you need something to wash them down."
"This is probably a very good recipe, but I have since found it on several other websites and this version leaves out a very important step - you need to refrigerate the dough for 30-60 minutes until firm before shaping. My dough was so soft all I could do was try to shape it into balls with a spoon. The cookies immediately flattened out in the oven, and were very thin and so fragile they broke apart when picked up. I had to throw them all away. The dough, however, tasted delicious. I may try this again and refrigerate the dough first."
"When I made this recipe, I felt the cookie part itself tasted like flour. Boring."
"I opted for vanilla instead of mint in both the cookie and frosting since we dont care for peppermint. I did use andies peices on top.. They really do melt in your mouth. One batch was not enough, we will be making a double batch this weekend."
"I really enjoy the light mint flavor these cookies have. I used the tip about the icing to make it more like the picture. Will definately make these for years to come!"
"Absolutley amazing!!! I also adapted the recipe to be an almond meltaway. I used almond extract and crushed almond on top"
"Made these today. Were very easy and delicious! Love the mint flavor - not overpowering as mentioned earlier. A bit delicate to frost but I did just fine. They actually feel refreshing to eat! I used colored sugar sprinkles instead of the crushed candy canes. I believe they will be a big hit for Christmas."
"I made these with 2 of my children (ages 11 and 9) and they were delicious! Super easy to make and a light minty taste, not overpowering at all. My frosting turned out great & I used a pastry bag to frost the cookies. They turned out very pretty. These will definitely become a part of my holiday baking tradition!"
"Tasty cookie but a bit too fragile, I don't think I would make these again."
"I made these, but I used margarine. I think I would use real butter next time. Still very good."
"My daughter made these for a Christmas party and everyone loved them. Very good."
"Very tasty. I used store bought white frosting and just added the peppermint extract to it."
"I haven't made the cookies but I would be afraid to make them because there is no egg in the recipe to hold the other ingredients together. They sound good."
"These have a great peppermint flavor. I add 1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candies. The cookies were a llittle crumbly, and I not sure if it was because of the added peppermint, but I will make these again. I finely crushed the peppermint for the top also."
"I made these for a meeting and had rave reviews!! I didn't have peppermint extract so I used mint and they were wonderful. Very minty!! yummie. I read the review about having trouble forming them into balls, I used a 1-inch diameter ice cream scoop and they turned out awesome. I also put the frosting in a pastry bag for ease of frosting!!"
"OMG! I have baked for 35 + years....this is by far the easiest and most impressive recipe I have tried in a long time! Absolutely will become part of my holiday tradition!"
"There cookies were a cinch to make and very yummy!! They had a light minty taste perfect for holiday baking. I also modified the frosting to make it more of a buttercream, but used mint extract and they were delicious!!"
"I guess the corstarch makes it taste almost chalky tasting. Did not like them."
"These cookies were easy to make. The frosting, as stated, is a bit thin and won't look anything like the picture, so I modified it a bit and it matched the picture - I used 4 tablespoons of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of extract instead. Once the cookies were decorated, I had a little bit of frosting left over, but didn't really consider that a bad thing. :)"
"They are a little dry but the frosting helps. I brought them to work and they were gone in 30 minutes"
"I made these but then realized you can substitute any flavor for the peppermint and now make lemon and cherry meltaways instead."
"These cookies are awsome! It doesn't make very much though. I doubled the recipe and I still could have made another batch. I read the reviews and was not sure if they would turn out but i did not have any problems with the recipe. I did not use the candy canes on the top i used candy cane flavored hurshey kisses and chopped them up, it worked well. I would definitely recommend making these!"
"These are easy to make but the texture of the cookie is a little dry, I think it might be from so much cornstartch. They were pretty and if you like peppermint, the taste is pretty good. I made a double batch for my daughter's Christmas concert and overheard one girl say she thought they were gross, oh well can't please everyone."
"These cookies are so good, I have made three double batches already and they are almost gone."
"These were great. I tinted the dough green, kept the frosting white and sprinkled on the crushed candy cane fo a very festive look"
"These cookies were great. I hosted a cookie Exchange yesterday and made a double batch. Due to other comments I used a decorator tip to apply the frosting and no problems with the cookies crumbling, also used Andes mints as the topping. They Are Great and I will be making them again over the holidays."
"My sister and I made these cookies for a secret sister basket. They are wonderful! We colored the frosting red and green so it was very festive looking with the candies. I'm going to use this same recipe but substitute the mint w/ butterscotch extract and candy for my cousin who loves butter scotch. I will also do the mint again but instead of frosting I will dip them in melted chocolate chips then sprinkle candy on top. I will also double the recipe. They are very yummy and we could hardly stay out of them. Very easy to make too."
"I was wondering if anyone has made these ahead and froze till ready to use?"
"These were great. Nice and minty. I used crushed "soft" peppermint sticks for the garnish on the top. I didn't get the yield they called for, so I just made another batch. Definately a new cookie for my holiday baking every year."
"These were so buttery and do melt in your mouth! Our family devoured these. I tinted the icing red and topped them with red sugar instead of the candies. And they are pretty looking--good for any Christmas get together."
"This holiday cookie is a keeper!!!!"
"VERY QUICK AND EASY TO MAKE. QUITE YUMMY, THEY DO MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. WHEN I TESTED THIS RECIPE ON MY FAMILY EVERYONE LOVED THEM. SO THIS HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL ADDITION TO MY Christmas BAKING. THANK YOU"
"These are so yummy. My three year old helps make them AND eat them! An easy and tasty recipe! We didn't change a thing! The only problem with them is they get eaten so fast. :)"
"It's as delicious as it is easy and beautiful! I was frantic that I'd misplaced my recipe so was relieved to be able to find it again online. I'm ready to make a double recipe for tomorrow's church fellowship time. Merry Christmas! (p.s. us real butter, not margarine, in both the cookie and the frosting.)"
"These are my childrens favorite and mine also. They actually melt in your mouth,mmmmm!"
"Oh my goodness, these are wonderful. I did not use the peppermint candy on top, just a decorative sugar sprinkle."
"I like this!"
"OMG! This is a wonderful recipe. I love the light cookie and the mint flavor. Like someone else mentioned, I had the Andes crushed mints on hand and used them instead of hard candy. Absolutely wonderful. I also refrigerated mine for about an hour before trying to ice them and made the job much easier because they tended to crumble otherwise."
"they never look exactaly like in the book, but they always taste the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"These fly away at the Havasu Art Guild Holiday Shoppe. I love to make them, easy!! and soooo good."
"I loved how simple and pretty they look. What's more, they are simply delicious and super easy to make!"
"These are the greatest! My granddaughter and I made these for a bridal shower and folks went gaga!! They were fighting for the recipe for cookie exchanges... We found a little secret to take these sweet cookies over the moon - Andes Mints has a white and red peppermint morsel (near the choc. chips) that are soft, like Andes Mints!! I don't love crushed peppermints, as they are sticky and hard to chew, but the Andes chips were perfect! I didn't use any flavoring, nor coloring, and they were perfect!! Make sure to look up the chocolate mouses here...they are the absolute bomb combined with these cookies!! Happy Holidays, all!!"
"These cookies were great! I had a little trouble rolling the dough into balls, but chilling the dough for an hour helped tremendously."
"These came out beautifully! You have to like peppermint to like these but they are beautiful as well as delicious! I made these a couple of years ago and lost the recipe. I was thrilled to see these on your cover issue this past month!"
"The cookies turned out fine, but the frosting turned out awful even though I followed directions. I had to keep adding more sugar to make it thicker and it still was very runny and had lumps from the butter. The cookies were fragile and easily crumbled, so I don't see how it'd make a good gift per se. Tasted fine though! I prob. won't make them again."
"I just made this cookies and they were yummy! Although I had some trouble with them- they were a little thin and VERY fragile. They didn't quite look like the picture. I baked them on a dark, nonstick cookie sheet at 350 for about 10 minutes. I feel like a cookie dunce with this easy recipe! Any tips?"
"I made these delicious cookies and put them in a holiday tin and took them to a funeral instead of flowers. Everyone said they were delicious and wanted the recipe!"
"I made these for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about them! The literally melt in your mouth! I did not yield 3 1/2 dozen though. My yield was about 2 dozen. I then made more and froze some for later!"
"I just got my magazine yesterday and thought these would be fun to make. They are just delicious!!! They are so light and tender and yummy! This recipe will surely be in my favorites for years to come. The only problem is that one batch is just not enough! Awesome recipe!!!!"