5 from 1 vote
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)!
Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

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)!

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
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. 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. 

  3. Add egg, vanilla, and mint extract and blend to combine.

  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

  5. Slowly combine the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and blend on low speed, until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.

  6. Fold in 1/4 cup of the crushed candy canes.

  7. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed candy cane with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.