{Recipe} Peppermint Melting Moments

Happy Christmas week!  Today, as we prepare to leave on our little road trip to Missouri, Matt and I {let's be real, probably just me} are going to be baking a bunch of delicious cookies to take with us.  So, I'm sharing with you one of my favorites: Peppermint Melting Moments.  Growing up, a neighbor of ours would bring over a tray of homemade Christmas cookies every year.  It was one of my favorite traditions and one I'd like to start doing for our new neighbors.  Of the maybe dozen varieties of cookies on this tray, my favorites by far were the Melting Moments.  {They always disappeared the fastest}.  We've lost touch with this neighbor over the years, and I never got her exact recipe.  However, a few years back, I took up a quest to find a recipe of my own, and I have.  This recipe {with a few modifications from myself} is the very closest thing to the cookies I remember as a child!

Peppermint Melting Moments

1 cup flour
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
tiny dash of peppermint extract
few drops of red food coloring

crushed candy cane pieces

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Combine all cookie batter ingredients together, and roll dough into 1 inch balls.  {Feel free to make them as large or small as you wish, this is just the size I generally make}

Bake for about 12 minutes {or until edges are slightly brown - times may vary with size of cookies}

For the frosting, combine the melted butter, vanilla, peppermint + food coloring in a new bowl, and whip until slightly fluffy.  Slowly mix in powdered sugar until mixture is smooth and color is even throughout.  Wait until the cookies are out of the oven and completely cooled before frosting.  The frosting gets harder to use as it cools and solidifies, so heat up in the microwave as needed to help you spread it.  Top with a sprinkle of crushed candy cane, and refrigerate to set frosting.

Serve + enjoy!

The great thing about these cookies is their versatility.  You can make them appropriate for almost any holiday simply by changing up their frosting color and topping {actually, no topping is necessary at all}.  The frosting flavor is another thing you can change up - remove the peppermint and use all vanilla extract instead.  I've even seen a variation with lemon which sounds like a delicious combo as well! 

Hope you're all enjoying the week leading up to Christmas!  See you later this week!


  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Hopefully I can print it... Even your variation sounds good!