Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

November 29, 2016

Let the holiday baking begin! I love this time of year and all the delicious holiday treats that come with it! It snowed a lot here just yesterday so my kids and I built a snowman, drank hot cocoa by the Christmas tree, and made these purely irresistable Peppermint Meltaway Cookies.

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Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the Christmas season. Peppermint is one of the ultimate Christmas flavors and the options of what you can make with it are endless.

I’ve already made Peppermint Chocolate Cake, Peppermint Bark Cheesecake, Peppermint Sugar Cookies (soft Lofthouse style kind), and White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies. And now we’ve got one more peppermint cookie to add to the collection!

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To say these are a dangerous cookie is an understatement. My small family finished all of these off in one day! Sure it doesn’t make a huge batch but still, normally we show a lot more restraint around here. We have to because I bake and cook for a living (this blog is my job in case you didn’t know, Sorry about those pesky ads.)

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There’s always a serious abundance of desserts sitting around especially as we near the holidays. These though, goodbye self control, time to indulge a little.

After one little taste you will immediately understand why these are labeled “meltaway” cookies. They literally melt in your mouth. Their texture is dreamy and there’s not really any other cookie like it.  Peppermint Meltaway Cookies | Cooking Classy

Plus, they have the most delicious buttery, pepperminty flavor. And as if those things weren’t enough, these are finished off with a sweet, luscious peppermint frosting and tiny bits of crushed peppermint. It’s a cookie you’ll dream about.

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They’re a cookie everyone will request again and again. I may have to hold off on making them again for a while since they’re much too good to resist.

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Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

3.57 from 23 votes

Delicious melt-in-your-mouth frosted peppermint cookies! Deliciously sweet and perfect for the holidays!

Servings: 29
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 1 1/4 cups (178g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (68g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (68g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract


  • 2 Tbsp (28g) salted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp half and half
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (42g) finely crushed peppermint bits or candy canes


  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch and salt, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and powdered sugar until combined.
  3.  Mix in peppermint extract then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. 
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill until nearly firm, about 1 hour, while preheating oven to 350 degrees during last 15 minutes of chilling.

  5. Scoop dough out 1 even tablespoon at a time, shape into a ball then transfer to an ungreased 18 by 13-inch baking sheet, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (keep dough that's wont be baking chilled). 
  6. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are set and bottoms are lightly golden brown, about 10 - 13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter, half and half, peppermint extract and powdered sugar until light and fluffy*. 

  8. Working with one cookie at a time spread frosting over cookie and immediately after frosting each cookie add crushed peppermint bits before frosting starts to set, repeat process with all cookies. 
  9. Store cookies an in airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • *If frosting is too thick add a little more half and half, if it's too thin add a little more powdered sugar.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Taste of Home and Land O Lakes
Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Meltaway Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Cookies
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Martha

    I think I may know what the complaints about the dry dough are all about. I brought these cookies to a family holiday party and they were a big hit and my sister-in-law asked for the recipe. She texted me while making the recipe and asked if the dough was supposed to be dry. She was having difficulty getting the dough to hold together. We went over the ingredients and and she said she used 1 cup of butter. I asked her how many sticks of butter she used and she said 1 stick! I told her one stick of butter is only 1/2 cup. She added another stick of butter and said the dough was perfect after that. You may want to add that to the recipe- one cup of butter is 2 sticks of butter!

  • Anna

    OMG, the best cookies!
    I made these and they were perfect! I made them again with orange flavor, but it wasn’t strong enough. I am going to try with key lime and see how that goes.

  • Loriann

    Just finished making these and they are amazing!! I think they have just the right amount of crumble… definitely will make them again…

  • Crystal

    These cookies turned out perfectly for me! They were a hit at my party. I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of them but they got eaten too fast! This will be my go to recipe from now on!

  • Dan

    Mix well and refrigerate batter overnight and they will turn on great! I added red die to the mix and green to the frosting.

  • Melinda

    Followed the recipe exactly. The cookies fell apart. Pretty in the picture but won’t be serving them.

  • Carly

    I had the same problem as several other commenters: the dough was very crumbly and wouldn’t form into balls, even after attempting to knead and roll it. I was really excited to make them but was disappointed. I don’t know what I did wrong.

  • Jennifer

    I too am not sure how you got the cookies pictured from this recipe. I made sure the ingredients were combined well and chilled the dough as instructed, but the first batch was particularly crumbly and in the second batch, one cookie flattened out completely. A few cracked in half while I was frosting them, and I wasn’t handling them roughly.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry they didn’t turn out for you! I’ve had so many people having issues with this recipe that next Christmas I plan on redoing it. I’m thinking I’ll replace 1/4 cup of the cornstarch with more flour and that should help a lot with how delicate they are.