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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. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 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. Preheat oven to 350°. 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. 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.
Originally published as Peppermint Meltaways in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p33

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"Excellent cookie. Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors! Two thumbs up! They literally melt in your mouth. I tried freezing them to use for Christmas cookie plates and was not happy with the result. They didn't 'meltaway' like they did before freezing. Still a new go-to recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"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!!"

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"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!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"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."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Very good. They really do melt in your mouth."

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