These peppermint meltaways are the perfect Christmas cookies because they are easy to make and melt in your mouth!
Prep Time:60 minutes
Cook Time:9 minutes
Total Time:69 minutes
Cuisine:Christmas, Special Occasion
2 Cups All-purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Butter (3 sticks, softened)
1/2 tsp Real Salt
2 tsp Peppermint Extract
2 1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 Tbsp Butter softened
2 Tbsp Half and Half
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
Cream together butter, powdered sugar and peppermint extract until combined.
Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined. If they are dry and don’t combine enough, add a little milk to the mixture.
Put a lid or plastic wrap on the bowl and put in the fridge for about an hour, until nearly firm.
During the last 10 minutes of chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove from the fridge and scoop dough out 1 even Tablespoon at a time. (I used a cookie scoop, but you could use a measuring spoon. When testing, I didn’t do this the first time and my cookies got bigger every time I made them.)
Shape in to a ball and put on a greased (or Silpat-lined) baking sheet. Space cookies about 2 inches apart. (They don’t spread much). Press down with the back of a measuring cup with some wax paper between the cookie and the cup so it doesn’t stick. One quick press is enough.
Keep dough that won’t be baking chilled.
Bake in a preheated oven until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly golden brown. In my convention oven this took 9-10 minutes. In a regular oven, it could take a few minutes longer. To check the doneness, take the pan out of the oven and gently pick one cookie up and see if it’s a slightly golden brown. If it is, it’s done. They can overcook very easily, so check every minute starting at 9 minutes.
Take out of the oven and transfer to a wire rack
Cream together butter, half and half, peppermint extract and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
If frosting is too thick, add a little half half. Too thin, add a little powdered sugar.
Frost each cookie (I just used a plastic spoon to put the frosting on the cookie and then the back of the spoon to spread it around).
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.