Stack of three peppermint crunch sugar cookies with a bite out of the top cookie

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 3 dozen 1x


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!




  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream (or milk)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups crushed peppermint candy cane

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons of whipping cream or half & half (enough to get to the desired consistency)
  • 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • Additional crushed candy cane (optional)



  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line your cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer combine butter, oil, both sugars, and whipping cream (or milk), and cream together. Add eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda and cream of tarter. Mix until combined (about 1 minute).
  • With mixer on low, add in flour and mix until combined. Add in the crushed candy cane and mix on low just until candy cane is evenly mixed in.
  • Roll the dough into golf ball-size balls and place them 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass (about 2 1/2 inches wide) in some granulated sugar and then gently press down on one of the cookie dough balls until about 1/2” thick.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned (don’t overbake these!). Let them cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Frost with buttercream once they’re completely cooled.


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix butter until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar. Once incorporated, add the oil/extract (if using), and the cream/milk and increase the speed. Mix until smooth and creamy, adding as much cream (or half & half)  as needed to get the consistency you want.  Continue mixing until frosting is smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

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