All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Peppermint Sugar Cookies

by Sara Mead

I don’t have an ancestral sugar cookie recipe to go-to at Christmas-time, but I do love me some decorated sugar cookies at the holidays, so I’ve tried a number of different sugar cookie recipes in search of the right one. This one comes from Air America editor and friend of IFA (and me!) Megan Carpentier (whose delightful nutmeg cookies and almond trees you saw earlier this week). It’s a very simple recipe and produces nice results–really chewy cookies (I loathe hard sugar cookies), not too sweet, with a nice classic sugar cookie taste. Delicious–but not the soft, thick, barely sweet at all cookie I’m looking for to stand up to holiday frosting (still looking for that one! Help!).

Perfect, though, for something else I like to do with sugar cookie dough at the holidays: top with crushed mini-candy canes before baking, to produce a delicious seasonally appropriate peppermint sugar cookie. These are great if you are busy, because they’re very easy to make, and can even be done with store-bought sugar cookie dough in a pinch. (Although these, with Megan’s sugar cookie recipe, are much better!)

Mrs. Bolf’s sugar cookies:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk (or half and half)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Combine ingredients. Refrigerate dough for about an hour. Roll out to desired thickness (these make thinner cookies). Cut with cookie cuttter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.

For peppermint topped cookies:

Crush several mini-candy canes in food processor. Top cut cookie dough with peppermint bits before baking.

One response to “All I Want for Christmas is Cookies: Peppermint Sugar Cookies

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