Total TimePrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
Makesabout 2-1/2 dozen
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°. 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.
- 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.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 126 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
Dec 18, 2017
Very delicious, light, moist and full of peppermint flavor. I did alter the amount of peppermint to half the amount called for in the recipe as I felt it was a bit to strong. Easy recipe to make and so pretty on a holiday platter.
Dec 17, 2017
Absolutely awful. Don't waste your time or ingredients. I'm an experienced baker and they were horrendous.
Dec 4, 2017
The best! My whole family loves them! I have also changed the flavor to make lemon and they were great that way too!
Dec 3, 2017
Delicious and delicate! Beautiful for a Christmas cookie plate. For the reviewers commenting about the cornstarch: try 1/2 cup Cake Flour in place of cornstarch. It's flour WITH cornstarch.
Dec 23, 2016
These are so good and they hold up to their name, meltaways, because they do melt in your mouth! I put them on a tray with other cookies and gave to friends. All of them said they like these the best. It's a keeper!
Dec 18, 2016
Delicious! Will be added to my Christmas cookie list to make every year.
Dec 8, 2016
These were delicious!!! My kids wanted to try them without the frosting - eh, dry and boring. But with the frosting and candy cane, just perfect. Definitely adding to my annual cookie making!!!
Dec 4, 2016
These were terrible. So dry and taste awful. My family won't even eat them
Dec 3, 2016
Terrible! Cookies do not hold together and crumble when touched. Taste like peppermint flour!
Nov 28, 2016
I don't doubt that this recipe is not good , but I am saddened to say Taste of home you ruined this recipe for me . Your 2013 Taste of Home Christmas book is very misleading when it comes to this recipe. It does not say anything about refrigeration in the book , which made this recipe in my mind frustrating . Maybe if you spent some time correcting your published mistakes you wouldn't have my criticisms. Great recipe online . Horrible recipe from the book . Here's a nice title you can change the book recipe to . Instead of peppermint melt aways , it should read PEPPERMINT CRUMBLES !
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