Peppermint Meltaways

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There’s nothing like getting in the Christmas spirit. Yet somehow, every year I find myself wishing we could add on an extra week to the beginning of December. Between shopping for presents, decorating the house, attending holiday parties, and baking cookies—its seems as though there is never enough time! Although I do a TON of baking in December, I’m never able to post all the goodies I make. This year I decided to share one of my favorite recipes that I’ve made several times.

I made these peppermint meltaway cookies for a holiday party that Matthew and I had at our apartment. Let’s talk about these cookies a little bit… the addition of cornstarch makes for an incredibly delicate and flaky cookie. They truly do melt in your mouth! The addition of peppermint in both the dough and frosting makes these little morsels a true delight. I like to create fairly small cookies with the dough so you can just pop one into your mouth!

I’ll be signing off of Sweet Precision until the New Year so I hope that everyone has a truly special holiday season with family, friends, and loved ones.

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Peppermint Meltaways
Recipe from Taste of Home

Cookie Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch

Frosting Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Directions
In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread or pipe over cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container.

Heather’s Helpful Hints
Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes before shaping the cookies into balls. This will help them retain their shape and prevent spreading in the oven. Add the milk to your frosting last and incorporate one teaspoon at a time. This way you can determine how “stiff” you want your frosting. I like mine to be a little less runny, which helps when piping onto the cookies.

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16 thoughts on “Peppermint Meltaways

  1. Gorgeous. I’ve always said that we should move Christmas to February 25th. That would give more time in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and it would still be winter. Two more months of shopping and baking, planning, decorating, maybe a little dieting here and there…

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  2. Oh Heather, what could be more perfect than these peppermint delights for a Christmas party? They look gorgeous! The perfect size too! I hear you for more time…how I wish for that extra week now, with only two days before the boys are home and I’ve got so much left to do! Wishing you and Matt and wonderful and Merry Christmas and very best wishes for a Happy New Year my friend…here’s to us both getting everything ready in time, and raising a glass of cheer to you… much love and a big Christmas hug! :-) <3 xoxo

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    • How wonderful to have everyone together for the holidays Sherri! I hope that your boys made it safely back home and that you are all enjoying time together. I am back in MN with my family and Matt is joining me tomorrow. I always come back a couple of days early so that I can catch up with some of my girlfriends. The holidays are always a little stressful but I do love time spent with family. Sending you Christmas cheer my friend and wishes for a Happy New Year as well! ❤❤❤

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      • Hi Heather! We did have a wonderful Christmas, thank you, everything went to plan and we spent a lovely few days together. I miss my boys though…all that hard work and it’s over in a flash! I hope you had a wonderful time in MN with your family and friends and found plenty of time to relax and unwind…that pre-Christmas time is exhausting, but worth it in the end! Happy New Year to you my dear friend, I hope it brings you every good thing and abundant blessings! :-) <3 <3 <3

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        • Oh Sherri, i know exactly what you mean! Matthew and I had such a wonderful time back in Minnesota with my parents. And then just like that… it’s over in a flash! I always go through a little post-holiday withdrawal in January once everything is over. I’m so glad that you were able to get some quality time with your boys. I think time together with family is what makes the holiday season truly special. Here’s to a 2017 that finds you and loved ones happy and healthy!

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          • Thanks so much Heather, and I’m so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas with your parents! I know what you mean about that withdrawal in January, a strange time, hard to get going again. But we’ll get there :-) Big hugs to you from me for this cold, dark month in the meantime! <3

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  3. Hello Heather, thank you for your holiday wishes and I am retuning the same wish across the ocean to yourself and Matt. These cookies are so pretty, your guests are lucky to have a hostess who put so much thought into what she was making for her party. Best wishes for a happy 2017. ;)

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