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. 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 at 350° for 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 the 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.

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

They really do melt away in your mouth.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

These were wonderful

MY REVIEW
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.

MY REVIEW
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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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

I've been baking these for my Christmas cookie trays since they first appeared in S&D in 2008. EAveryone 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!!

Toni

Gommy of 5 (and "pending")

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