Very simple, no-chill peppermint flavored sugar cookies with a delicious peppermint cream cheese frosting. Plus an easy way to gift these cookies with a free printable
Happy Friday everyone!! I am so excited — we are heading out to Vermont for this whole next week and for Thanksgiving. It’s not going to be the most traditional Thanksgiving (on the road), but I figure we’ve already had our Thanksgiving meal in several increments. Like here, here, and here.
The husband was born and raised in Vermont and we’ve only been back there once. The first time was an absolute blast. We went to the schools he attended, the places their family would go, old jobs, and saw all the fun things he did growing up. We even stayed overnight in a Church campground that he helped build as a teenager. Um. Yeah my husband’s really cool and handy.
I’m pretty excited to visit again and especially with the little guy – although I’m certain he won’t remember anything. BUT at least he won’t sleep through the whole trip. Yeah…did I ever tell you that time we took him to Disneyland and he slept the ENTIRE time? I guess that is what you should expect from a 2-month old though.
Anywayssss. Road trips = my favorite. So I’m having hard time concentrating on sugar cookies when all I can think about is a long vacation car ride. It will be interesting how much I love long car trips with a one-year-old…we shall see 🙂 The husband and I have road-tripped to 44 states total and we did them all in about a month-long trip. Those are some of my favorite memories ever!
Okay. sugar cookies…yes. Oh and peppermint nonetheless!
PLUS a free printable if you want to package these cookies up and gift ’em. Fun right?! I packaged pre-made sugar cookies, but another fun idea would be to just make the dough. Or even buy store-made dough and wrap it into this kit. So here are the kit details: clear and fill-able ornaments (Target in the Holiday section – don’t remember the price here), sprinkles (Target, again, in the Dollar spot so $1 for a package), festive bags (Target in the Holiday section for $.40 a piece), copper container (I’m sure you could find different containers to put these in, but here’s where I found mine), fabric (Jo-anns), twine and threads (Jo-anns), frosting (homemade in a mason jar from Wal-mart or Target), spray of fake berries here.
And the cookies couldn’t be easier to make – they are short on the ingredient list and require no chilling (hooray!). The frosting is a delicious cream cheese frosting that is died red, but looks pink. If you avoid fake dyes, you can increase the crushed peppermint and it will give it more of a color than the plain white.
Time to get baking and wrapping!!
Download the FREE Sugar Cookie Kit Printables
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (not melted)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 4 candy canes, crushed
- 2-3 crushed candy canes
- 1/2 cup butter, softened not melted
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat together the sugar and butter until light and creamy. Do not melt or soften your butter or you will need to chill this dough for at least an hour.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat in the peppermint extract to taste. I do not like an overpowering peppermint extract so you may want to do even more than 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract depending on preferences.
- Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Depending on how you measure your flour you may need more, so if needed add a little bit more flour until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl OR is easy to roll out and cut out circles/other shapes.
- In a blender or food processor, pulse the candy canes until they become crumb-like. Stir into the cookie dough.
- Roll out the cookie dough onto a floured surface. Cut out shapes and bake for 9-12 minutes.
- *The key to soft sugar cookies is slightly under-baking the cookies, letting them cool most of the way, and then placing them in a bag (sealing the bag) when they are still a little warm. This keeps your cookies ultra soft!*
- While the cookies are cooling, you can make the frosting.
- Pulse the candy canes in a blender or food processor. Beat together the softened butter, room temperature cream cheese, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir in the crushed candy canes.
- Beat in the powdered sugar by slowly adding about 1/2 a cup at a time until a smooth frosting is formed. Add a little milk if needed to thin your frosting to desired consistency.
- Again, feel free to increase the peppermint extract amount if desired.
- Frost the cookies and add sprinkles if desired (or more crushed candy canes!)
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