Peppermint Pretties {a Christmas Cookie recipe}

contrary to popular belief…..i do know how to bake…..a little bit. i will be the first to admit my kitchen skills are not so hot. {huge understatement} but there’s always something about this time of year that makes me want to dust off the cookbook and give it a go. and this is the new christmas cookie recipe i tried this year….

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the recipe calls them Peppermint Meltaways. but that’s a bit on the dull side for these lovely little peppermint cookies. so i decided a new name was in order. so i called them Peppermint Pretties! and yes, i have to say it…. they are kinda pretty, don’t ya think? these deliciously light morsels melt in your mouth and dance their way down with a peppermint kick. yum!

Peppermint Pretties {adapted from Taste of Home Quick Cooking, 2009}

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 & 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup corn starch


1 oz cream cheese, softened {recipe calls for 2 T butter here, but this family loves cream cheese frosting}

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Cream Butter and powdered sugar together. Beat in extract. Combine flour and corn starch and gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Using a small cookie scoop, place on greased cookie sheet.. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden.

For Frosting: Beat cream cheese until its fluffy. Add powdered sugar, milk, and peppermint extract until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed candies. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

***this recipe does not use any eggs***

christmas cookie recipe


Yummy Peppermint Melt-away Cookies recipe. Sweet, light, and peppermint-y with crushed candy canes on top. A favorite cookie recipe for cookie swaps!

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  1. 1

    These look so CUTE and delicious too!

  2. 2

    How much powder sugar do you put in the dough? Looks yummy!

  3. 4

    Sounds so yummy! Would you believe I have never had peppermint cookies or fudge!!
    I will have to give it a try.

  4. 5

    i just attempted these, and something is not right!! They just melted into a giant pool on my cookie sheet. Please check the recipe and make sure it is correct. I followed it exactly. Double and triple checked the ingredients, cause I had a feeling it was not right. I really wanna try these, they look awesome!!

    1. 5.1

      ok, i just checked the taste of home website, and it is 1 AND 1/4 cups of flour! Hopefully, i can rescue the rest of my batter! ;)

      1. melle

        Ahhhh! Thank you! I have a cookie sheet full of melted butter also! Can you maybe change it IN the blog???

        1. Amanda H

          Yep! I also have a cookie sheet of melted butter in the oven. :(

      2. Amanda H

        Thanks for the help, I was just getting ready to check their website when I saw your comment. The cookies I have in the oven (I added extra flour to them) are standing up, and not melted. Yay! :)

        1. Matt

          Yeah, so you should definitely change the recipe to say 1 and 1/4 cup of flour. I also had to make a second attempt after making a minty butter pancake!

    2. 5.2

      I was able to save the rest of the batter! *phew* Glad you were able to save yours, too Amanda! But, my frosting did not turn out fluffy like her’s looks, it was more of a glaze. Not sure why…Still, it worked and tasted just fine!

    3. 5.3

      Me too :(

  5. 6

    I will have to give these a try. I have never done a cookie recipe with no eggs. I haven’t made my cookies yet, perfect timing!

  6. 7

    I love peppermint candies and I love cookies, so this looks like holiday deliciousness to me! I’ll be making these SOON. :)

  7. 8

    NOTE: I tried making these and they were a melted mess! It should read 1 1/4 cups flour, not just the 1/4 cup listed. Taste of Home also says an UN-greased cookie sheet. Just wanted to save someone else the frustration. : )

  8. 9

    This cookie recipe is one of my favorites! We’ve made it the last couple of Christmases and it’s a fun change from all the chocolate stuff during the holidays. For those wondering what the cookies are like, they’re kind of a shortbread cookie, which is why they don’t have any eggs. They’re tiny and rich and really yummy!

  9. 10

    Made these before and they were nice. I just wished they weren’t so pepperminty. The mint flavor is a bit overwhelming, but that may be with the recipe I used. I will give yours a shot :)

  10. 11

    I have a set of those plates. do you know anything about them? I have them because they were my mothers . Love your cookies & ideas on having a cookie swap. sound like lots of fun!! good idea. Thanks.

  11. 12

    Are they i want to try them and see if they teast good