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Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe

Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe

I love batching dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies with my family for the holidays. One of my favorite cookies to bake is rolled sugar cookies that I decorate with colored sugar. This year in addition to the traditional sugar cookies, I also created a batch of peppermint sugar cookies. Instead of the vanilla and other spices, I added pure peppermint extract to the dough. I also colored the dough red to keep the peppermint cookies separate from the plain and to make the cookies a little more festive. My brand new peppermint sugar cookies rival the traditional and have quickly become one of my new favorite Christmas cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
  • red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • colored sugar

Directions

  1. Cream together the sugar, butter, and egg in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the peppermint extract and optional red food coloring to the butter mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients.
  5. Cover the peppermint sugar cookie dough and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  7. Roll the sugar cookie dough in a fourth-inch sheet on a floured surface.
  8. Cut the dough using holiday cookie cutters.
  9. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Decorate with colored sugar.
  11. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.
  13. Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly.
  14. Store the peppermint sugar cookies in an airtight container.

If you want to bake a double or triple batch of peppermint sugar cookies, simply place the cooled cookies in a container and freeze for easy storage. To thaw, simply place a frozen cookie on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for ten to twenty seconds. Merry Christmas and happy baking!

Ingredients for Peppermint Sugar Cookies Adding Red Food Coloring to the Butter, Sugar, and Eggs

Adding Peppermint Extract to the Red Butter Mixture Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough

Ball of Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Rolling Out the Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough

Decorating the Peppermint Sugar Cookies Tray of Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Image Credits

Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe © 2015 Heather Johnson
Ingredients for Peppermint Sugar Cookies © 2015 Heather Johnson
Adding Red Food Coloring to the Butter, Sugar, and Eggs © 2015 Heather Johnson
Adding Peppermint Extract to the Red Butter Mixture © 2015 Heather Johnson
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough © 2015 Heather Johnson
Ball of Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough © 2015 Heather Johnson
Rolling Out the Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough © 2015 Heather Johnson
Decorating the Peppermint Sugar Cookies © 2015 Heather Johnson
Tray of Peppermint Sugar Cookies © 2015 Heather Johnson
Peppermint Sugar Cookies © 2015 Heather Johnson

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