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Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe: Soft Peppermint Cookies with Easy Cookie Frosting on top… A brilliant sugar cookie variation for the holidays!

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We Love This Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe

My family has an ongoing love affair with sugar cookies.

We love them plain. We love them flavored. We love them glazed. We love them frosted.

We believe they are the perfect cookie

When made right, sugar cookies have a delicate airy texture. They are soft and chewy, and make a versatile starting point for all sorts of creative baking endeavors.

You really can’t go wrong with sugar cookies.

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Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Frosting

Although you can make sugar cookies any flavor with the use of extracts, we are crazy over these peppermint sugar cookies for the holidays.

Both the sugar cookie dough and the cookie frosting are kissed with a tiny amount of peppermint extract.

Just a touch of peppermint extract gives the cookies a nostalgic holiday flavor, without overshadowing the rich vanilla-butter sugar cookie essence.

These Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cookie Frosting are the perfect treat to take to holiday parties, work events, and annual cookie exchanges.

They are easy to make, lovely to behold (without being fussy) and a comfort to sink your teeth into.

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Cookie Frosting?

To frost or not to frost, that is the question…

To some people, cookie frosting is a turn-off because it tends to be cloyingly sweet, with a heavy flavor of either food coloring or shortening, or both!

However, this cookie frosting is different. Instead of shortening, I used butter and buttermilk as the base of the frosting, so it’s rich and tangy, with a scant amount of peppermint for flavor.

We skipped the food coloring in the frosting, and just used the tiniest amount in the cookie dough, to turn the peppermint cookies pale pink. This creates color variation and visual appeal, without an overdose on chemicals. (However, food coloring is not required.)

In general, I tend to frost sugar cookies when I’m taking them to events. Yet, leave them bare when I’m just making them for the family.

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How To Make Frosted Sugar Cookies

  1. Cream the Butter and Sugar. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Creaming means to beat the butter and sugar on high until the sugar crystals break down into the butter. It’s an extremely important step for light airy cookies.
  2. Slowly Mix the Dough. Then turn the mixer on low and add the eggs, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Then slowly add the flour mixture.
  3. Rock and Roll. Scoop the dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Shake each ball around in a bowl of sugar to coat the surface. Then place the balls on the cookie sheets.
  4. Press for Consistency. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press down on each ball, until its 1/2-inch thick. This make the cookies very consistent in shape and thickness.
  5. Bake. Bake until the edges are slightly golden and the centers are just barely set. Cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  6. Beat the Frosting. Beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer on medium-low and slowly alternate adding in the powdered sugar and buttermilk. Then beat in the peppermint extract and salt, on high, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  7. Frost and Sprinkle! Use a spatula to spread a layer of frosting over the top of each cookie, in a circular motion. Immediately sprinkle the top with decorative sugar or candy sprinkles, so they stick!

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Peppermint Cookies Tips & Tricks

Press the Cookies

In order to ensure you have perfectly sized symmetrical cookies (for us OCD types) it’s important to measure and weigh each dough ball so they are the same. If you don’t want to use a kitchen scale, at least use a cookie scoop to get the exact same portions.

Then be sure to press the cookies with a drinking glass into thick disks. That way, the cookies are even from edge to edge.

Want Puffy Sugar Cookies?

You do not have to chill the dough before rolling and baking this recipe.

However, if you want puffier cookies, do chill the dough for at least 1 hour. Then when you press the cookies, make sure the dough disks are 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick.

Freezing Sugar Cookies

You can place sugar cookies in a freezer bag (or plastic container) and freeze up to 6 months.

If it’s important that they look just as pretty when you thaw them, freeze the cookies flat on the baking sheets, before placing them in the containers. That way, they don’t stick together as they freeze.

Then you can pull out 1 or 2 at a time and they will look freshly made.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies?

Yes! You can make this recipe with gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour mix. The cookies are slightly more crumbly than when they are made with wheat flour, but they still taste amazing!

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Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe: Soft Peppermint Cookies with Easy Cookie Frosting… A brilliant sugar cookie variation for the holidays!
Servings: 45 cookies

Ingredients

For the Peppermint Cookies

For the Peppermint Cookie Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  • FOR THE COOKIES: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer. Cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. (Don't skimp on the time here.) Then turn the mixer on low and add the eggs, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Scrape the bowl.
  • With the mixer running on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beat again for 30 seconds.
  • Pour some extra sugar into a bowl to coat the cookies. Scoop the dough out and roll into 1-inch balls. The dough should be soft and delicate – don’t over-handle. Shake each ball in the sugar bowl to coat, then place on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to press down on each ball, until it’s 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick.
  • Bake each sheet of sugar cookies for 9-11 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the centers are just barely set. Cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  • FOR THE COOKIE FROSTING: Once the cookies are completely cooled, make the frosting. Using a clean mixing bowl, beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer on medium-low and slowly alternate adding in the powdered sugar and buttermilk. Scrape the bowl and beat in the peppermint extract and salt, on high, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  • Use a spatula to spread a layer of frosting over the top of each cookie, in a circular motion. Immediately sprinkle the top with decorative sugar or candy sprinkles, so they stick before the frosting dries.

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Notes

This Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe is a variation of our most-loved classic sugar cookies. If you want to make a simple (non-peppermint) frosted sugar cookie, just take out the peppermint extract!
You can also substitute any extract flavoring you like: coconut, lemon, strawberry, rum, etc!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 212.8kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.15g, Protein: 1.24g, Fat: 10.5g, Saturated Fat: 6.55g, Cholesterol: 34.41mg, Sodium: 58.27mg, Potassium: 29.23mg, Fiber: 0.23g, Sugar: 22.42g, Vitamin A: 326.25IU, Calcium: 12.1mg, Iron: 0.44mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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10 comments on “Peppermint Frosted Sugar Cookies”

  1. These cookies were so festive and fun to make. Kiddos loved them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The perfect Christmas cookie! Loved the peppermint!

  3. These are a perfect treat for Christmas! They are so good!

  4. I am going to make these with peppermint essential oil! These look delicious! 

  5. love these cookies! especially to make for Santa with the kiddos ;)

  6. I just got all of the ingredients! I am making this for my cookie exchange tonight!

  7. Never would I have thought that I would make these famous sugar cookies in my own home. Game Changer! 

  8. We have a family peppermint cookie recipe that we make every year and it’s kind of a pain – smashing candy canes and stuffing the pieces into little cookie balls, rolling the balls hot out of the oven in powdered sugar. They are tasty, but time consuming. I am going to give this recipe a try TONIGHT and let it audition as a replacement. I’m thinking I’ll smash the candy canes and sprinkle the pieces over the frosting. One question I always have about frosting cookies – mine often go on trays for delivery to my church and the cookies are piled. Do you think this frosting will hold up to being piled? I tend to avoid frosted cookies when I’m assembling trays because I’m never sure.

    • Hi Linda Jean,

      Oh great, definitely report back on what you think!

      With frosted cookies I usually do three things to transport them in good condition… 1) Use slightly less frosting if they are going to be stacked on a tray. 2)Frosting them early, and let the frosting air-out and set, so it’s not so soft. 3) Stack them in a slightly overlapped pattern, so the weight of each cookie is not directly on top of another cookie.

      Hope this helps! :)

      • These cookies are delicious, delicate and so pretty on a tray! They are very sweet. I made the frosting without buttermilk, since I had none on hand, and I think they would have been better with that slight tanginess from the buttermilk. Next time, I’ll be sure to use buttermilk. I made some of the cookies into sandwiches – two cookies and frosting in between. I enjoyed these the most. Better cookie to frosting ratio for me. But, alas, they were not as pretty. Thank you for your tips about stacking. I followed your tips and had no problem. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you!