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Peppermint Melting Moments Christmas Cookies

These Peppermint Melting Moments are a perfect addition to your Christmas Cookie Baking List.  Fast and easy with a delicate taste of peppermint.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time25 mins
Course: Christmas Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meltaway cookies, melting moment cookies, peppermint meltaways,, peppermint melting moments
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup icing / powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup whole / whipping cream
  • 2 cups icing / powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons crushed peppermint candies or candy cane



  • In a large bowl cream butter and peppermint extract until fluffy. Sift dry ingredients directly into bowl and mix until combined.
  • Move to a lightly floured flat surface and gently knead together, form into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate one hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove dough from the fridge and roll into golf ball size balls, place on prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Lightly flatten with a fork or a flat bottomed glass,(dip in flour first so the dough doesn't stick). Refrigerate for 15 minutes then bake for approximately 15-18 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden (do not over bake).
  • Let cool completely before frosting and sprinkling with crushed peppermint candies. Enjoy!


  • Beat butter, cream, icing sugar and peppermint extract until creamy. (if too thick add a little cream at a time, if too thin add more icing sugar).


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg