Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peppermint Meltaways

This cookie is actually not one that I have made yet, but one that I acquired at the cookie exchange that I participated in at work this year. As soon as I tasted them, I had to ask for the recipe. Since it is only a few ingredients, she was easily able to remember it and share it.

These cookies have a great flavor and texture and are definitely on my must make in the future list.

Peppermint Meltaways
1 c butter
1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c cornstarch

Cream butter, powdered sugar and peppermint extract. Add flour and cornstarch, mixing on low until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour. Remove from refrigerator and roll into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes, until edges start to brown. Allow to sit for a minute, then move to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

For glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 to 2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops red food color
Candy canes or hard peppermint candy, crushed

Combine powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl. Stir in food color, if desired. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy.


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