Peppermint Meltaways Recipe
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Peppermint Meltaways Recipe

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This recipe is very pretty and festive-looking on a cookie platter. I often cover a plate of these meltaways with red or green plastic wrap and a bright holiday bow in one corner. And yes, they really do melt in your mouth! —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 90 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 36 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Peppermint Meltaways in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 90 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 36 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Peppermint Meltaways

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"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....!"

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"They really do melt away in your mouth."

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"These were wonderful"

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"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."

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Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"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!"

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