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What's for Dessert - Holiday Peppermint Cookies

Posted by Sugar and Spice

Fluffy Peppermint Cookies with Lemon Glaze

These are delicious, cake-like cookies that are great for the holidays.  Make them with the kids, or give them out as gifts for Christmas!  They use candy canes to give a minty crunch, and are dipped in a luscious lemon glaze.

3 cups of flour
1/2 box of confectioner's (powdered) sugar (about 15 ounces)
1 1/4 cups of butter
1 egg
3/4 cup of granulated white sugar
1/4 + 1/8  teaspoon of salt
1/8 cup of fresh lemon juice (about half a medium-sized lemon)
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Approx. 1/2 cup of candy canes or hard peppermint candies, crushed finely (and a bit more to sprinkle on top if desired)


Place 1/4 cup of the butter, the powdered sugar, the lemon juice, the lemon zest, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and the vanilla extract in a mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed for about two minutes, until the glaze is thickened and fully combined.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
If your candies are whole, crush them well, until they are in small pieces.  Larger pieces will create a poor texture in the cookies.  You can crush the candies by double bagging them in plastic, then smashing them with a hard, heavy instrument, such as a rolling pin.  This is a great place for older kids to help!
In a mixing bowl, beat the granulated sugar and  1 cup of butter together, than stir in the flour and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Mix in the peppermint candy, saving enough to sprinkle on top if desired.
Roll the dough into small balls, about a tablespoon each, and place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for eight to ten minutes, until they firm and just start to become golden on the bottom.
Allow the cookies to cool for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
When the cookies are no longer warm, dip each in the glaze, then sprinkle with the residual candy pieces (optional).
Allow the glaze to dry before eating.


Note: personally, I enjoyed the cookies with no peppermint on top a bit better.  The candy is nice inside, but a bit too crunchy of a texture on top for my personal taste.  However, feel free to adjust it to fit your desire!

Thanks to for the original peppermint cookies recipe, altered here.

Posted by Grely (Sugar and Spice)

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