So baking some cookies for a bake sale to benefit a dog rescue I volunteer with I was thinking about what kinds of Christmas or other holiday cookies you enjoy baking or eating growing up? This isn't one from growing up, but a newly discovered one that I absolutely love.
Sparkling Peppermint Cookies
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract(I usually double this becuase I love peppermint)
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed mini candy canes or peppermint candies
1/4 cup crystal or sparkly sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough.
Stir remaining 1/4 cup crushed candy into 1/4 cup sugar.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. (DO NOT OVER BAKE.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely. Recipe Tip- To crush candy canes or peppermint candies, place into resealable plastic food bag; smash with rolling pin or bottom of heavy saucepan.
- For a more sparkling affect, mix finely crushed candy canes with coarse grain sugar.