Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I have decided to take the last two days of my cookie series and post some Pinterest inspired cookies. These will be just recipes I found from Pinterest and pinned to my holiday cookies board, and I will provide the link to the recipes as well as the picture from the website. Enjoy!
Today, on the last day of this series, will be inspired by Pinterest again. This cookie is basic but festive. It is your traditional sugar cookie but with a touch of peppermint. I can't wait to bake them closer to Christmas! This recipe is from Recipe Girl. Enjoy!

Bittersweet Chocolate & Peppermint Sandwiches
Prep time: 25 mins        Total Time: 35 mins          Yield: About 36 cookies

- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candies or candy canes (about 3-ounces)
- additional powdered sugar for rolling

1. Sift together dry ingredients- flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and beat until blended. Add egg whites and extract and mix well (mixture will look grainy). Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture. Stir in peppermint candies.
3. Gather dough into a ball. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for about an hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Position rack in middle of oven. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.
5. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Using tines of a fork, flatten each cookie, creating crisscross pattern.
6. Bake until cookies are golden on bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

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This is the end of my "12 days of Christmas cookies"mini-series for this year! To view all of the goodies I baked, click on the image below! Thanks for joining! 

Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season!

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