Peppermint Thins Cookies

Delicately crisp and thin peppermint cookies festively colored and sprinkled with peppermint and crystal sugars for the holidays!

Peppermint Thins

Peppermint Thins

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Peppermint Thins

This post is sponsored in conjunction with Christmas Cookies Week. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the Christmas Cookies Week recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Welcome to the first day of  Christmas Cookies Week! I will be sharing recipes all week  long for baking and filling your holiday cookie tins. This is something I enjoy taking part in each and every  year!

First up I am sharing my recipe for Peppermint Thins- which are someplace between meltaway  cookies  and shortbread with nice peppermint flavor. These originally were going to be  candy cane cookies but my dough was vexing me- it refused to roll into the  long ropes required to twist together without  breaking up the tender dough.

So to save the day I rolled it out instead and made it as a sort  of shortbread cutter.

Since they weren’t going to be the red and white twists anymore I went ahead and used all red from the natural food colors from Adams on these, which are  almost gel like and the tone is like that of a raspberry. I  also loved that I could knead  the dough without staining my fingers.

Adams Extracts is the sponsor for this post, having provided the extracts and natural colorings used in the making of these cookies. As you  can see,  the  color is just smashing, and the flavor? You’ll have  to bake these and drool   for yourself.

Peppermint Thins

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Peppermint Thins

  • Servings: 54
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Peppermint Thins

Yield: 4-1/2 dozen cookies

  • 1/2 cup  unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugars, sifted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Adams red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons Adams vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons  Adams peppermint extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed  peppermint candies
  • 1 bottle red Wilton cookie  icing
  • 1  bottle white  Wilton cookie icing
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s  Red  Mill Crystal sugars


  1. Using  an electric mixer fitted  with a paddle attachment,  cream together butter, shortening, and powdered  sugar.
  2. Add egg, food coloring, extracts, and mix until smooth.
  3. Gradually add flour and salt until an evenly colored dough  is achieved.
  4. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thick and cut with a 2  to 2-1/4 inch round cutter.
  5. Lift and place onto a silpat lined baking sheet; lightly  sprinkle with crushed peppermint and press into the dough gently.
  6. Refrigerate cookies on tray  for  30 minutes.
  7. While cookies refrigerate, preheat  oven to 375°F.
  8. When cookies are chilled,  bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges, depending  on thickness.
  9. Cool  cookies on a wire rack.
  10. Warm icing to drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies and sprinkle with a touch of sugar.
  11. Let  icing firm and harden before storing, about 45 minutes.

From the kitchen of

Peppermint Thins

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