Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

CATEGORIES: Christmas, Cookies, Kate

So last week, I made a delicious, tender pot roast with lots of thick, savory gravy. And getting my kids to eat it was like pulling teeth. And then the next night, I used the roast beef and the gravy to make a hearty, homey soup with fresh green beans and mushrooms and caramelized onions and garlic and herbs. And it was awesome, I’m not gonna lie. And I kid you not, my children thought I was trying to poison them.

So the night after that, when there was still some of the soup left over, my husband and I ate it. And I made my kids ramen with a side of clementines (you know, to ensure they don’t get scurvy or anything) and everyone was happy.

So keep that story in mind when I tell you that my kids think these are grown-up cookies. They weren’t super keen on them. And it’s true, these aren’t overly sweet and they’re light and delicate and, as you guys remember, I have a lustful relationship with cream cheese frosting, which they think is Satan’s frosting. So hey, if my kids don’t want ’em, that’s just more for me. And my friends. But really, me.

I’ve made meltaway cookies before and failed miserably. You know how baking is a science? It’s really true with meltaway cookies. You have to follow the directions. If you email us and tell us that your cookies were horrible and disgusting and that you totally followed the recipe EXACTLY except that you didn’t lightly spoon the flour and that you didn’t line the baking sheets and that you didn’t chill the dough, I’ll be sad.

You’re going to need corn starch, all-purpose flour, peppermint extract, and softened, unsalted butter (no substitutions; I’m a fan of salt and I’m also a fan of salted butter, but these cookies are too delicate for salted butter…it takes away from the overall flavor).

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter and powdered sugar…and cream them until light and fluffy. Beat in peppermint extract.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. The dough will be very soft.

Refrigerate for at least one hour.

When the dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon or cookie scoop, shape the chilled dough into 1″ balls. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are turning light brown around the edges.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Now…about the frostings. I love me some tangy cream cheese frosting, but other people prefer a milder, more buttercreamy cream cheese frosting like in this carrot cake. They are also delicious with this glace icing spooned on top (don’t try to dip the cookies–they’ll just crumble and so will your soul).

Whatever you do, when you’re done, be sure to sprinkle them with crushed candy canes (remember that meat mallet you got for your wedding that you almost never use? Yeah, it’s awesome at smashing candy canes.) These are actually better and meltaway-ier (it’s a word, I swear) the next day. Go figure. This recipe makes about 40 cookies.

 

Frost with desired icing and then sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Makes about 40 cookies.

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49 comments

  1. My, oh my! What is about you guys that make me go crazy until I create all the yumminess that you describe? I can almost taste them. I promise I’ll follow each instruction to the letter! I’ll use salted butter, not refrigerate and dip the cookies into a glace. 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  2. Tell me more about this stew. When I open my fridge I have leftover roast, mushrooms and green beans staring at me… it’s like fate…

  3. Omgsh that first paragraph SO describes my life lately. I make something delicious (usually a recipe from your site) and if there is the slightest veggie peeking out, my kids think its pure poison! You have no idea how happy I was to see that you too feed your kiddos Ramen when the time calls. I always feel so so guilty for feeding my kids such an unhealthy dish but get sucked in of the quickness it offers in desperate times. I truly am excited to make these cookies although I must say Im probably more excited to know that a delicious food genius, such as yourself, also opts for Ramen at times. 😉

  4. Hello wonderful Our Best Bites!
    Please help me…..
    Do you think after I indent these cookies, I could posibly just stick a “Candy Cane or Mint truffle” Hershey Kiss on them?

  5. I made cookies with crushed peppermint candies once. Those suckers are NOT easy to smash. Picture a grown woman of generous proportions jumping up and down in boots on a Ziploc bag on her kitchen floor filled with round little peppermints. Fast forward to same woman picking up said bag of peppermints, flabergasted with the minimal results from her attempts to crush the Stupid Peppermints (as she now calls them).

    Fast forward to the same woman with cartoon light bulb over her head as she figures out that using plain ol’ candy canes (Yes, even the cheapies from the Dollar Store) in the food processor yields lovely results with minimal fuss and absolutely no jumping up and down in the kitchen.

    I’m just saying…..

    1. Not your Pampered Chef chopper though. I used mine a couple of years ago for candy canes, and it dented the metal! Candy canes are tough!

  6. Ohhhhh, thank you, thank you from a fellow cream cheese frosting sinner! 😉 I normally don’t like peppermint flavored things, but these sound yummy. I might have to melt some chocolate and lightly drizzle some of my cookies with that, before frosting.

  7. I am going to make your peppermint rice krispie treats and have been looking for crushed peppermint candy sold in bags, but have found nothing of the sort. Would have been good for this cookie too, but apparently it has gone out of style, if candy can do that. 🙁

  8. I made a similar cookie for our cookie exchange. In this recipe you indented them with a measuring spoon as soon as they came out of the oven so you had a little valley to put your frosting. However when I did this it caused them to crack but it did help the icing stay on. My recipe didn’t use cornstarch so maybe will try again for Christmas goodies and use this one.

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