Holiday Peppermint Cookies

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I love to make Christmas cookies and I always want to try new and different varieties, like these Holiday Peppermint Cookies.

One of the things I love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. There are no unusual ingredients to buy or complicated directions to follow. The cookies are made by stirring in broken up peppermints or candy canes into the batter, for a festive and minty flavor.

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Cookies with green sprinkles on a cooling rack.

These are a fun recipe for kids to make because they get to roll the dough into balls, and it is a nice stiff dough so it will not be too messy. After the little balls of peppermint candy are baked they are topped off with a simple powdered sugar icing and sprinkled with more crushed peppermints.

Candy cane cookies on a red plate.

I noticed that the grocery store now sells bags of crushed peppermint candy, but my kids always find it fun to get out a hammer or rolling pin and crush their own!

Cookies Make the Perfect Gift

I love to share homemade cookies with my friends and family! Food is a great way to bring people together during the holiday season, either in person or from a distance.

Why not bake some cookies this year and put together a cookie gift box for your friends? Here are some cookie recipe ideas for gift giving!

Cookies with green sprinkles on a cooling rack.
5 from 5 votes

Holiday Peppermint Cookies

Published By Anne
Easy to make peppermint cookies - perfect for a holiday cookie exchange.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Servings: 36
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermints


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 teaspoon water
  • 2 Tablespoon peppermints crushed


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer until smooth.
    1 cup butter, 3/4 cup sugar
  • Add the egg and mix completely.
    1 egg
  • Mix in the flour and salt until they are just combined. Don't over mix.
    1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 cup flour
  • Gently stir in the 1/2 c. of crushed peppermints.
    1/2 cup crushed peppermints
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they are firm.
  • Once the cookies are cooled completely mix the powdered sugar and water together until smooth.
    3/4 cup powdered sugar, 5 teaspoon water
  • Drizzle over the top of each cookie and sprinkle with more peppermints.
    2 Tablespoon peppermints

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Hi, I’m Anne!

I love to cook and I want to share my recipes with you. I believe cooking should be approachable and fun, not a chore. I want to make simple recipes using everyday ingredients that you can make again and again, whether it is for a busy weeknight, a summer cookout or a special dessert. Read more...

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