Frosted Peppermint Cookies
Frosted Peppermint Cookies are soft, pillowy cookies baked with peppermint candy and topped with peppermint vanilla buttercream and candy cane pieces.
- 1/2 cup softened butter 1 stick
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup peppermint candy*
Peppermint Vanilla Buttercream
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter 1 stick
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 TBSP milk
- 3 rounded cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cream together butter and sugars for 1 minute. Add in egg, milk and vanilla and mix again until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients and add 1/2 to the mixing bowl, mix, then add the other half. Add in peppermint candy and mix to combine. Dough will be softer than normal cookie dough and stickier.
Scoop out about 2 TBSP of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes and let cool for an additional 2 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack.
Once fully cool, frost with about 1 TBSP of peppermint vanilla buttercream per cookie. Top with crushed candy cane pieces. Store cookies in an airtight container.
To make the Peppermint Vanilla Buttercream
Mix butter in a mixing bowl on medium power for about 3 minutes, until whipped and light in color.
Add in vanilla, peppermint extract, milk and 1 cup of the powdered sugar.
Mix for 1 minute. Add in the other 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on medium for 3-4 minutes, adding additional milk if needed until desired consistency is achieved.
Yields 3 Dozen cookies
*For peppermint candy I used a combination of peppermint baking chips and crushed candy cane pieces.