Peppermint Twist Cookie Exchange Recipe Swap
What exactly is the twist for my Peppermint Twist Cookie Exchange Recipe? Well you get 3 recipes all in one place, and one is a hack for those that are not bakers.
I was invited to one of my sweet friends, annual cookie exchange next weekend, which truly is the event of the season. I am so grateful to be included in this beautiful celebration of woman and holiday cheer each year. Plus, I really look forward to concocting a fun new recipe for this group, that can easily yield 8 dozen tasty cookies. This year I decided to post the recipe on my blog for easy access ladies!
Also this year a group of my talented blogging friends decided to do a virtual version of a cookie exchange, with a blog hop recipe swap which was planned and organized by my friend Lynn from At Home In the Wildwood, so be sure to check out all the recipes at the bottom, for your holidays cookie platters. Okay so what exactly is the twist for my Peppermint Twist Cookie Exchange Recipe? Well I do have a from scratch recipe below for my hardcore bakers out there. However, if you are a busy parent that finds yourself short on time this holiday season here is the break and bake easy hack. According to my husband during the pre-baking taste test did taste just as good as my original recipe, which is a little sad for me, but good for you! For the hack you will need premade sugar cookie dough, peppermint crunch, and vanilla frosting. There are 2 ways to prepare the cookies. The first is that you can bake your cookies and then frost them with vanilla icing and top them with the peppermint crunch, which is a basic method. The second method is to take the cookie dough and roll them into the peppermint crunch to lightly coat the dough. Then re-roll the dough into balls. I highly recommend refrigerating the dough for 30 minutes after this step, prior to cooking, to reset the dough prior to baking. Then you will just bake according to the package directions. BAKING TIP: SILPAT (for a flatter crispy cookie) OR PARCHMENT PAPER WILL SAVE YOUR COOKIE SHEETS FROM THE PEPPERMINT CANDY MELTING ONTO THEM AND POSSIBLY BURNING.Allow to cool and ice with vanilla icing, and top with additional peppermint crunch.
These taste great with a piping hot cup of Hot Chocolate, click here to see a few of my Gourmet Hot Cocoa recipes.
FOR All MY BAKERS OUT THERE:
This is my homemade sugar cookie recipe, minus the frosting which I find to be a little too time consuming myself. Plus, I never get the consistency right here in the unpredictable, humid south, so I just buy pre-made icing; as do the majority of the best bakeries here in town. So there is no shame in this frosting game, and I don’t feel bad about it all, LOL! (Plus I will say that this is one of the well kept secrets from working in the wedding industry all these years. It comes in buckets people, big, beautiful 5 gallon buckets of buttercream, cream cheese, and fudge icing and it is good… like Publix good! #CKSOUTH)
Peppermint Twist Sugar Cookies
- 1/2 cup Butter softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup Sugar granulated
- 1 Egg
- 1/8 tsp Peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla preferred- Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 2/3 cup Flour all purpose
- 1 tsp Cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 1/4 cup Peppermint Crunch
- 1 tub Vanilla Frosting
- 1/2 cup Peppermint Crunch topping on cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with Silpat or parchment paper; set to side.
Cream sugar and butter in mixer
Add egg, vanilla and peppermint flavoring to bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Hand stir in peppermint candy.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart onto your prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not over bake. Cool 3 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before icing.
Be sure to visit all my talented friends that are participating in our first annual Holiday Cookie Exchange Recipe Swap seen below. The recipes are just too good to miss this season.