Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting


It’s that time of year where I start to get a little obsessed with all things peppermint! One thing I love about seasonal foods, like peppermint flavored treats, is that they are only around once a year so it gives you just one more thing to look forward to during that time of year. Like fresh berries in the summer, pumpkin in the fall, carrot cake everything in the spring and peppermint and eggnog during the winter. Another thing I look forward to during this time of year is the snow, call my crazy but I love it! After it snows and the sun comes out and glistens across the horizon, I just love the way the snow shines and sparkles and that blanket of white that covers everything is truly gorgeous. Each season has its perks and I’m grateful to live in a place that has four seasons. I may not be saying that come february though :).

Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting | Cooking Classy

These cookies were adapted from my favorite sugar cookie recipe, these Frosted Sugar Cookies here. They are similar to the loft house style cookies with just a little more chew to them. They are oh so soft, and when they are enhanced with peppermint flavor and a cream cheese frosting amazing things happens! You’ll dream about these cookies. They must be good because my husband said they are one if his new favorite things in the world!

If you love sugar cookies and peppermint you simply have to try these! Consider them a holiday must this year!


Happy cookie season!

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Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 15 bakery size cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour , plus more for dusting work surface
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy canes , for topping

Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, then whisk it just a few times, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, vanilla and peppermint extract and mix until combine. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
  2. Scoop dough out about 3 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2" thick. Transfer flattened dough to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat process with remaining dough (you'll have to use 2 cookie sheets). Bake in preheated oven 9 - 11 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar and mix until pale and fluffy.
  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

peppermint sugar cookies


  • Leslie: These look tasty. I love a good sugar cookie extras like peppermint just make it better. I hope your having a great day! December 8, 2014 at 6:36pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I can almost taste them now – the softness of a Lofthouse with just a bit more chew. And the frosting!! Heavenly! December 8, 2014 at 7:00pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss: These look so perfectly festive! They would be great to bring to a holiday party! December 8, 2014 at 10:41pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): These cookies are so, so pretty. Just perfect for Christmas! December 8, 2014 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Sarah @ bonjoursucre: They look delicious and festive! I love all things peppermint – perfect for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. December 9, 2014 at 2:30am Reply

  • Stephanie Hartley: These look so pretty! Peppermmint is definitely a flavour you need to use at Christmas – it isn’t the same without it.
    December 9, 2014 at 6:06am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: I love peppermint treats year round. These look amazing! I would not have thought to pair peppermint with cream cheese – yum! December 9, 2014 at 6:39am Reply

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen: My two favorite things – peppermint + sugar cookies – in one perfect package! These are a holiday must!! December 9, 2014 at 7:46am Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: These cookies are gorgeous! I am so in the peppermint mentality right now :) December 9, 2014 at 10:45am Reply

  • Marla: LOVE these!! December 9, 2014 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness: I am SO in love with these cookies! They’re SO pretty and perfect for Christmas! Pinned! December 9, 2014 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Teresa: I’m not sure which I like better–these ones or the chocolate ones. Both look so scrumptious. I’d love one! December 9, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Heidi: Looks good! Has anyone used peppermint essential oil instead of extract? Just curious how much to use. December 22, 2014 at 3:18pm Reply

  • Kimberley: I made these for Christmas and my son left them out for Santa! They are so so good and I will definitely be making them again! December 28, 2014 at 11:44am Reply

  • Sev: my daughter loves them–and that’s saying a lot! My 1 year old is crying because I am not giving him more.
    How do you store them? Fridge? December 31, 2014 at 9:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just store them in an airtight container at room temp but if you are worried about the cream cheese in the frosting you can definitely chill them then bring to room temp before enjoying. December 31, 2014 at 2:18pm Reply

      • Tiffanie Baker: How long do these last with out refrigeration? I want to make them and ship them to my family, doable?? December 8, 2016 at 5:54pm Reply

        • Donna: I am wondering the same thing but don’t see a reply? December 13, 2017 at 7:30am Reply

          • Jaclyn: They will last about 4 – 5 days refrigerated. And I wouldn’t recommend shipping them as they are pretty delicate and the frosting would be a mess, sorry! And sorry for the late reply I have 1,100+ recipes and not enough time to respond to all of the questions. Happy Holidays! December 18, 2017 at 9:00pm

  • rosslynd: hi! I have a gluten allergy, would I be able to use gluten free flour instead of cake flour? thank you! November 15, 2015 at 12:00pm Reply

  • kate: does the dough or the cookie themselves freeze well? November 18, 2015 at 1:40pm Reply

  • Lubna Amath: Hello, what’s the red and white sprinkles. December 21, 2015 at 10:25am Reply

    • L: They are crushed candy cane pieces. You can buy them already crushed. I recommend that. December 23, 2015 at 8:49am Reply

  • Debra Wilson: Thanks for this yummy looking cookie recipe,I am going to try both of the candy cane sugar cookies this year for a new addition to my cookie trays… December 9, 2016 at 7:17am Reply

  • Monica: This recipe is so good. I made it last year for the first time and loved how the frosting set up so well. Not only that, but the cookies had the right chew to them. I’m eagerly planning to make a double batch this week. I’ll probably need am extra batch just for myself. November 30, 2017 at 8:11pm Reply

  • Ruby: What happens if my batch came out a little runny and I followed the exact recipe December 4, 2017 at 11:15am Reply

  • Linda: I made this two times in the past week and they are delicious. I rolled the dough out like normal ( much faster).
    Don’t say you’ll make these, do it! December 23, 2017 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback Linda! January 2, 2018 at 12:32pm Reply

  • Tina: Didn’t turn out right use baking powder instead of cornstarch turned out like biscuits. March 13, 2018 at 8:43pm Reply

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