is prominent in my mind
when I think of Christmas,
The recipe is adapted from a Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Cookbook. It’s a twist on basic sugar cookie dough that is shaped into balls, then rolled in crushed peppermint candy, before baking.
Crush the candy in a plastic bag to avoid having a mess, and bake the cookies on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets, to avoid another mess.
To make larger cookies: form rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls before rolling in crushed candy; bake for about 14 minutes.
The cookies have a refreshing taste and a festive look. For an extra holiday kick, I added a little dose of peppermint extract.
They bake into a crisp cookie with a good little crunch ~ they’ll almost melt in your mouth, really!
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
1½ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
4 ounces flat round peppermint candies, about 28 discs
2 tablespoons coarse sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
With a mixer on medium speed, beat butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in egg, vanilla and peppermint extracts until just blended, scraping down sides of bowl.
Reduce spead to low and beat in flour mixture until combined.
Refrigerate dough until firm, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, place peppermints in a resealable plastic bag and finely crush with a meat mallet.
Transfer to a shallow bowl and mix with sanding sugar.
Form rounded teaspoons of dough into balls.
Roll in crushed-candy mixture to coat.
Place 2” apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake until edges are starting to brown, about 11 minutes.
Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
(Gently break off any bits of melted candy from edges of cookies, if necessary.)
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container, between sheets of waxed or parchment paper up to 1 week.
Makes about 30 cookies.