Perfect Peppermint Cookies


Perfect Peppermint Cookies

Crushed peppermint candies give these festive Christmas cookies just the right amount of added texture to make it a delightful surprise when you first bite into them. This recipe for Perfect Peppermint Cookies is great for holiday cookie exchanges because it's unexpected yet classic at the same time. If you want to wow the crowds this Christmas, just make a dozen or so of these yummy peppermint cookies. They're always a hit!


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Yields6 dozen

Chilling Time4 hr

Cooking Time8 min


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

  3. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in crushed candies.

  4. Shape into a 15-inch roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.

  5. Unwrap and cut into 1/8-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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