Monday, December 20, 2010

Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies


For some of my co-workers for Christmas, I baked cookies.  Of course, I made enough for us too.  And oh, were these good. 

And oh, am I feeling so guilty right now~

Sparkling Peppermint Sugar Cookies
We Are Not Martha

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (about 7 candy canes)
1/4 cup sugar, for coating

Crush your candy canes or peppermints.

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and butter in a mixer or bowl with a hand mixer and blend at medium speed until creamy.  Then add egg, vanilla, and mint extract and blend to combine. 

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

Slowly combine that to the butter/sugar mixture and blend on low speed, until fully mixed.  Then stir in 1/4 cup of your crushed candy canes and mix it up.

Take the other 1/4 cup of crushed candy can and mix it in a bowl with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar.

Now, shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls and roll in the sugar/candy mixture.

Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Bake the cookie for 8-10 minutes (try to stick to 8 minutes for softer cookies).  Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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