Peppermint Meltaways for Your Cookie Platter


I've always been a fan of peppermint, the aroma of it and the sweet taste, as in these wonderful cookies!



You also might favor the fresh smell of peppermint, but did you know there are some amazing health benefits of it...

Ancient Egyptians used peppermint ~ dried peppermint leaves were discovered in pyramids that carbon dated to 1,000 BC.

The Romans grew mint and peppermint in their gardens for its medicinal purposes, particularly as a digestive aid.  They also used the mints as a ground cover, especially between stepping stone pathways.  They enjoyed the fragrant aroma the plants produced that greeted guests as they entered a courtyard and home.

As early as the mid-19th century, peppermint candies in all forms were a popular European sweet treat.  When European settlers came to America, they found that the American Indians were already aware of the importance of mint; they were growing different species of mint, native to North America.

Peppermint has always been considered a medicinal cure for various ailments, mostly digestive; however there were many other uses prescribed for this special plant, such as:  hiccups, nausea, flatulence, heartburn, bad breath, as well as indigestion.  

Which leads to this great little cookie for the holidays...

Peppermint meltaways ~ yes, they really melt in your mouth!  After one bite, you'll realize why they're labeled meltaways.  They're texture is creamy, unlike any other cookie.  





If you're looking for some sweet satisfying melt-in-your-mouth cookies to share this season, look no further than this recipe, it's a winner...

These delicate peppermint morsels look special on any holiday cookie platter! 


Yield: About 30 cookies

Peppermint Meltaways

They're festive and pretty and will melt in your mouth!

Ingredients:

  • 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

    • FROSTING:
    • 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

Instructions:






Cookie dough:
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.
For frosting:
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.

Note:

The cornstarch in cookies gives it tenderness, that melt in your mouth effect.





Enjoy!


22 comments:

  1. I like this confectionary term 'meltaways', and your mint cookies definitely are like that. Even the dough balls look lovelyy.
    The combination of butter, milk, sugar and peppermint extract renders a special delicate cookie.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! They melt in your mouth for sure!

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  2. Peppermint always gives me a holiday feeling and happiness :-) These cookies look very tempting!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I feel the same about peppermint! Take care

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  3. They look divine! I love the chocolate-peppermint cookies and candy that appear every December (or whenever the stores deem it to be Christmas season), Sometimes I buy extra mint Joe-Joes to save for after the holidays. I really ought to bake, but...

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! I know what you mean about baking. It's a time consuming job! I too love chocolate-peppermint! Take care

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  4. My mouth is watering just reading this 😉 Take care Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane! Have a great rest of the week!

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  5. I have never made cookies with peppermint and I am loving the idea of it, especially that I too enjoy peppermint all year. These cookies look super festive and perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing the recipe Pam, have a great week ahead!

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    1. Oh, they're sooo good, Juliana, if you like peppermint! Hope you try some!

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  6. These cookies are so pretty and I love the name “meltaways” - can imagine them melting in my mouth. Great recipe.

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    1. Thanks, Cakelaw! They definitely "meltaway!" Take care

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  7. It is definitely Christmas cookie season and you make sure we won't forget it! They are adorable!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! Happy Cooking/Baking! Take care

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  8. Perfect for the holidays!!! My kids would go crazy for these!!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! So many goodies for the holidays that kids love. Take care

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  9. Hi Pam!!! They look very good. I love peppermint treats! Happy Christmas.

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  10. Love peppermint! And mainly eat it at this time of the year -- so appropriate for the holidays, don't you think? These look great -- wonderful recipe. Thanks!

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  11. Pam, We both like 'meltaways'...and Laurie really loves peppermint! We could probably down 12 - 15 of these at one sitting...and the peppermint would calm our digestive tract too... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  12. Your Peppermint Meltaways are my kind of cookie Pam. It's cookie baking week for us and I might just have to slide in a batch or two of these. But, as soon as they're finished I've got get them out of here or I'll likely eat them all. Thanks for another great cookie recipe.

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