Peppermint Meltaways Cookies make a festive addition to your holiday cookie platter! They are a Christmas tradition!
Like so many families, baking cookies is a Christmas tradition my family wouldn’t miss!
Growing up, these Peppermint Meltaways were one of my favorites. Even though I helped my Grandmother and Mama make these for years, it was a recipe that was never passed along to me. Finally, I discovered the recipe in Mama’s recipe box and they are once again a part of my family’s Christmas cookie baking tradition!
While I love creating new recipes to share with family and friends, there is just something extra special about family recipes. Remembering helping my Grandmother or Mama make them as a young girl and now being able to make them for my husband and son is one of my favorite things, especially during the holidays when I’m the most nostalgic it seems. As my son grows older, I find myself even more so, too. I want to take advantage of every moment we have with him before he heads off to college. I’m hoping that when that day comes, he’ll look forward to coming home for home-cooked meals and to his regular care packages filled with his favorites.
That’s why recipes like these Peppermint Meltaways are so important.
I want to make sure that while, yes, they are just a cookie, that he knows how special this cookie recipe is to our family. I want him to remember, like I do, the fun of being the one to add the frosting to the cooled cookies and then sprinkling them with the peppermint candies we crushed with our rolling pins. I want him to remember those moments when he sees those cookies on the cookie platter and with the welcomed scent of peppermint throughout the Christmas season. I know it is a memory I’ll always hold close – just like Grandmother’s recipe.
They really couldn’t be much easier to make either, which makes them perfect to make with little ones in the family, too!
To make our Peppermint Meltaways, I cream together the softened butter and confectioner’s sugar until it is light and fluffy. Then, I add in my vanilla extract and peppermint extract. I like to add them at this stage as I feel like creaming them into the butter allows the flavor of the extracts to be more fully incorporated into the final cookie dough. Then, I gradually incorporate my flour, salt and cornstarch into the butter mixture until the cookie dough is well combined.
Next, I place the cookie dough in the refrigerator to allow it to rest and chill. This results in beautiful cookies and prevents them from spreading more than you’d like. Once baked, you’ll remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. After they have cooled completely, spread them with the frosting and then sprinkle them with crushed peppermint candies and serve!
I hope you make these Peppermint Meltaways as part of your family tradition, too!
Peppermint Meltaways Cookie Recipe
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup confectioner sugar
- 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
- Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and peppermint extracts. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Scoop cookie dough by the teaspoon and place 2 inches apart onto an parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until bottom of cookies are light brown, about 9 - 12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
- For the frosting, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat at medium speed, scraping the bowl often, until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Spread the frosting over the cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container.