The Best Peppermint Cookies

Holiday Treats

Peppermint cookies are easy to make and perfect for the holidays. You can roll and cut them or make them into pinwheels.

Yeast Package
Flour Bag


3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter  ½ cups sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract food coloring 

Step 1

Butter and Sugar

Allow butter to soften at room temperature. Cream butter and sugar on high speed for about 2 minutes.

Step 2

Add in eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract.   Beat on high speed for about 1 minute.

Eggs and Extracts

Step 3

Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.   Pour dry ingredients into creamed butter/sugar mix and mix on low until combined.

Dry Ingredients

As a Note

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White Twitch

Peppermint extract is clear. Food coloring is optional but without it your cookies will look like a sugar cookie.   We use icing coloring but regular food coloring works great too.

Step 4

If you are doing pinwheels, take half the dough out.  Add food coloring and mix on low until combined.

Food Coloring

Step 5


Wrap dough in plastic wrap.  If doing pinwheels, divide dough into 4 sections. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Step 6


Roll 1 of each color into rectangles close in size. Place on top of each other and wrap as tightly as you can lengthwise. Cut into quarter inch slices.

Step 7


Place on baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9-11 minutes.