Peppermint Sugar Cookies + Free Printable
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  • 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (not melted) 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 4 candy canes, crushed Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting 2-3 crushed candy canes 1/2 cup butter, softened not melted 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 2 cups powdered sugar Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Beat together the sugar and butter until light and creamy. Do not melt or soften your butter or you will need to chill this dough for at least an hour. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Beat in the peppermint extract to taste. I do not like an overpowering peppermint extract so you may want to do even more than 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract depending on preferences. Beat in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Depending on how you measure your flour you may need more, so if needed add a little bit more flour until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl OR is easy to roll out and cut out circles/other shapes. In a blender or food processor, pulse the candy canes until they become crumb-like. Stir into the cookie dough. Roll out the cookie dough onto a floured surface. Cut out shapes and bake for 9-12 minutes. *The key to soft sugar cookies is slightly under-baking the cookies, letting them cool most of the way, and then placing them in a bag (sealing the bag) when they are still a little warm. This keeps your cookies ultra soft!* While the cookies are cooling, you can make the frosting. Pulse the candy canes in a blender or food processor. Beat together the softened butter, room temperature cream cheese, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir in the crushed candy canes. Beat in the powdered sugar by slowly adding about 1/2 a cup at a time until a smooth frosting is formed. Add a little milk if needed to thin your frosting to desired consistency. Again, feel free to increase the peppermint extract amount if desired. Frost the cookies and add sprinkles if desired (or more crushed candy canes!) 3.2.2807



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