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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.