These Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie. A soft, buttery sugar cookie studded with crushed candy cane and topped with a peppermint buttercream. They just scream Christmas!
♡ 12 DAYS OF SUGAR. . .DAY 5 ♡
I knew I wanted to do some kind of sugar cookie for this year’s 12 Days of Sugar because they are one of my favorite cookies to make for any holiday. Peppermint is always the first flavor that comes to my mind when I think of Christmas baking, so I knew I wanted to come up with a peppermint sugar cookie.
I think this might be one of my new favorite sugar cookies. Maybe it’s because they remind me of my mom’s homemade buttermints with their soft, buttery texture. Or maybe it’s because they have buttercream on top and it’s no secret I’m a frosting lover.
Whatever the reason, I’m excited to be sharing them in this year’s 12 Days of Sugar.
These are simple to make and can be made ahead of time and kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to frost them. You could also freeze them in Ziploc bags and then pull them out of the freezer a few hours before you need to frost them.
Can I leave the peppermint extract out of the buttercream?
Yes, of course you can if you’d like to. I wanted the peppermint flavor to be a little bit more obvious, so I added about three small drops of pure peppermint oil to my buttercream. If you don’t have peppermint oil, use peppermint extract, and start with about 1/4 teaspoon. You can always add more if you want the peppermint flavor stronger, but you can’t take any out if it’s too strong. If you want regular buttercream, then feel free to leave out the peppermint oil/extract. You could also throw in some crushed candy canes in the buttercream in place of the peppermint oil/extract.
Can I use peppermint candies instead of candy canes?
Yes, either one is fine. I actually used half candy canes and half peppermint candies (Brach’s brand) for the cookies in these pictures. Just make sure whatever you use is a “good” peppermint flavor. I think some of those “off brand” candy canes have a weird peppermint flavor that I do not like.
Tips for making Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies:
- Make sure you line your cookies sheets with parchment paper or silpat linters. When these bake, some bigger pieces of the crushed candy cane melt and can ooze out and stick to the pan. Using parchment paper or silat linters will make getting the cookies off the cookie sheet much easier.
- If you want a more intense peppermint flavor in your cookies, you can add some peppermint extract to your dough. Again, start out with less because you can always add more.
- I love these chilled, but they are also delicious at room temperature. You decide how you like best to eat them.
- This makes about 3 dozen cookies, so if you don’t need that many cookies, you can easily half this recipe.