Sparkling Peppermint Cookies

If you like crunchy, crisp cookies AND mint, these are for you! Ahh, December. The holiday season is here!

Sparkling Peppermint Cookies
Recipe source: Land O’ Lakes
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3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon mint extract
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (I used a food processor to crush them)
1/4 cup sugar, for coating

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and mint extract in large bowl. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until well mixed.
3. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough.
4. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup crushed candy in separate bowl.
5. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar/candy mixture to coat. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
6. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then transfer to wire racks for further cooling.

  • Sues - December 3, 2010 - 10:44 am

    I have a very strong feeling I’ll be making these this weekend. Assuming I can find candy canes! They look beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - December 3, 2010 - 10:46 am

    They were so good — and usually I’m an ooey-gooey cookie person, not a crisp-and-crunchy!ReplyCancel

  • bethany cox - December 4, 2010 - 11:29 am

    i want my momma to make these… big timeReplyCancel

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  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef - December 22, 2010 - 11:20 am

    found this recipe on we are not martha… i’ve made them twice now. they are so good!ReplyCancel

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  • Rain - December 22, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    I made a batch last night and they were PERFECT! Today I’m working on a big batch for church on Christmas morning. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - December 22, 2011 - 11:11 pm

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed them! Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Cheyenne R. - November 11, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    Do you roll the whole cookie in the candy cane/sugar mixture, or do you leave it off the bottom? I would think the bottom would burn if I covered it.ReplyCancel

    • Annie - November 11, 2012 - 3:42 pm

      I rolled the entire cookie and they worked out fine. But if the thought makes you nervous, only roll a portion of it!ReplyCancel

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  • Gloria - December 12, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    Make dem ccoooookies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Doog - December 20, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    These are very refreshing ! Mine look NOTHING like the pic posted (they stayed in more of a ball shape, didn’t lay flat), but are very good as a holiday cookie !ReplyCancel

  • Sue - December 21, 2012 - 10:33 pm

    How many does this recipe make?
    They look great!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - December 23, 2012 - 12:07 pm

      Hi Sue, I usually don’t put yields along with the recipe because it varies so much on how big you make the cookies, etc. I think I got a couple dozen big cookies out of this recipe.ReplyCancel

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  • Stef - December 8, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    Just made these and they are amazing! The only thing I omitted was the mint extract because I didn’t have it, but they are so yummy!! This is going to be a new holiday tradition!! Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - December 8, 2013 - 8:59 pm

      Awesome – I’m glad you liked them!ReplyCancel

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