Pink Peppermint Meltaways

Cindi Bauer


I love these cookies! They are a pretty pink cookie; especially on the inside, and since they are peppermint-y, they remind me of Christmas. I like how they look displayed in the center of the cookie platter.

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3 dozen cookies


1-1/4 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
1 cup
butter, softened
1/2 cup
powdered sugar
1 teaspoon
peppermint extract
15 drops
red food coloring
1-1/2 cups
powdered sugar, for coating the cookies

How to Make Pink Peppermint Meltaways


  • 1In a medium size bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch, then set the bowl aside.
  • 2In a large bowl cream together until light and fluffy, the butter and the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
  • 3Mix in the peppermint extract.
  • 4Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, and mix well.
  • 5Thoroughly mix the food coloring into the cookie dough.
  • 6At this point, I refrigerate the cookie dough (in a bowl covered with aluminum foil), so the dough firms up enough to shape into dough balls. This may take anywhere from 1-2 hours. (I let mine set overnight in the refrigerator, and bake mine the next day when I have the time.) I then let the dough sit on the counter (in the bowl covered with foil) for about an hour, before making the cookies.
  • 7When ready to bake the cookies, heat your oven to 350ยบ F. And in a shallow bowl, add the 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar. Set the bowl aside. (Use more powdered sugar if need be.)
  • 8Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 9Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. (I used a small cookie scoop which is equivalent to 1 tablespoon to make each cookie, then shape the cookie dough into 1" balls.)
  • 10Place the dough balls 2-inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheets.
  • 11Place baking sheets in the oven, and bake for about 13 minutes (until the bottoms of cookies are lightly brown) then remove from oven, and let cookies set 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing them to a wire rack.
  • 12Gently roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar, then place the powdered coated cookies back on the wire racks.
  • 13Once the cookies have cooled slightly, gently roll them again in the powdered sugar, and place them back on the wire racks to finish cooling.
  • 14Note: I had noticed after baking 2 sheets of cookies, the cookie dough was becoming soft, so I place the remaining cookie dough back in the refrigerator, so it could firm up a bit, then finished baking the cookies. Also, once these cookies had cooled, I then place them in a container (such as Tupperware or Rubbermaid) and in the freezer, as these cookies do keep well if stored in the freezer. I then only take out a few cookies at a time when I want to serve them.

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