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Peppermint Stars

 Peppermint Stars
I make these buttery mint cookies each Christmas because they're my daughter's favorite. Use whatever cookie cutter design you prefer.
27 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peppermint candies (about 25 pieces), finely crushed
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Red or green food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Combine flour,
  • baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Stir in crushed
  • candies. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut
  • into shapes with a floured 2-1/2-in. star cookie cutter. Place 2 in.
  • apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes
  • or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, milk and
  • extract; stir until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired.
  • Spread over cookies. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 167 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 117 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.