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Swirled Mint Cookies

No one will believe that these rich and buttery cookies are light, but they are! With their colorful swirls, each one of these minty, sugary bites has its own look. —Lois Hill, Thomasville, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 to 20 drops red food coloring
  • 10 to 20 drops green food coloring


  • In a large bowl, cream butters and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into thirds. Stir red food coloring into 1 portion of dough; stir green food coloring into another portion. Leave remaining dough plain. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Divide each portion of dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-in. rope. Place a red, a green and a plain rope next to each other. Cut through all 3 ropes at 1-in. intervals, forming sets of 3 differently colored doughs. Repeat.
  • Roll each set of doughs into a ball; place balls 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/8-in. thickness with a glass dipped in remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 59 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
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  • jstowellsupermom
    Dec 18, 2019

    Such a fun and festive cookie! Love the cool mint flavor!

  • djjohnston9868
    Dec 23, 2018

    Easy cookie and my family's favorite! Always the first cookie type in my Christmas cookies to run out! I only use regular butter in the recipe, but that is all I change.

  • hillpeg
    Jul 8, 2014


  • kompers
    Dec 8, 2012

    This cookie was a pretty addition to cookie platters but made a crispier cookie than we like and was pretty labor intensive with the tri-color dough when your trying to make many different kinds of cookies during the holidays.

  • Munchkin55
    Dec 31, 2009

    They were just like press cookies. They were ok.

    Dec 22, 2009

    Delicious -made for one of my cookie exchange, everyone love them and the colors are great

  • kashi047
    Dec 17, 2009

    Delicious - first batch is already gone - will be making another batch tonight but will add a little bit more peppermint

  • sactom
    Dec 15, 2009

    Refreshing mint taste. Colorful. A favorite for our family every year.

  • easibake
    Dec 14, 2009

    I baked these cookies today. Very good. And they add a splash of color to the assorted Christmas cookie gift boxes.

  • slimmom
    Dec 14, 2009

    Great! Kids loved the color of these cookies.