Peppermint Ribbon Cookies Recipe

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My daughter's favorite Christmas cookie, these mild peppermint confections add color and variety to a platter of holiday goodies.—Virgina Strout, Sherbrooke, Quebec
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:90 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 90 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 to 9 drops each red and green food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 41 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 27 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.


  1. Line an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and peppermint extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into thirds. Add red food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan. Spread second portion over first layer. Add green food coloring to third portion; spread over second layer. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
  3. Using waxed paper, lift dough out of pan. Gently peel off waxed paper. Cut dough into thirds lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/4-in. slices.
  4. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Peppermint Ribbon Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p84

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Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"These cookies were rich and buttery. Peppermint flavor was definite without being strong. A pregnant co-worker loved them and her baby inside her was kicking, saying they were yummy!"

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