These Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies take a basic sugar cookie and load them with crushed candy cane pieces for a yummy holiday treat fit for Santa and his elves (or just you and your family)!
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Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies take a basic sugar cookie and load them with crushed candy cane pieces for a yummy holiday treat fit for Santa and his elves (or just you and your family)!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Cane Cookies, Candy Cane Desserts, Christmas Cookies, Peppermint Cookies
Servings: 18 -24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted buter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 7 candy canes), divided

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine 3/4 cup sugar and butter in a mixer (or large bowl with hand mixer) and cream together at medium speed until light and fluff, 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add egg, vanilla, and mint extract and blend to combine.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Slowly combine the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and blend on low speed, until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
  • Fold in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes.
  • In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed candy cane with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls and roll each in the sugar/candy mixture. Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, until edges are just starting to turn golden. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.