#ChristmasCookies Week ~ Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Welcome to Day 5 of #ChristmasCookies week hosted by Ellen at Family Around the Table where we bring you every imaginable tasty sweet treat to get you ready for the Christmas cookie baking season!

Today is a new one for me - I've never made the meltaway style cookies before - but I was intrigued, by the name and the ingredient list! Corn starch? That MUCH?! It yields in a super tender, almost sandy like texture cookie that indeed melts away in your mouth, leaving behind a kiss of peppermint flavor and a curiosity about the texture of the cookie you just ate! I was out of peppermints, but the crunch would add some lovely contrasting texture to these very soft, tender cookies! They are pretty as a picture, and perfect for sharing with your friends and family this Christmas baking season!

See all the delicious sweet treats being shared today!

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies from Cakes Cottage

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch


2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup powdered sugar
1 small drop red food coloring (add a very small amount at a time, blending well after each addition until preferred shade of peppermint pink is achieved)
½ cup candy canes or hard peppermint candy, crushed (optional)


  1. Cream the butter with the powdered sugar, starting low and gradually increasing to high until creamy and smooth. Turn down speed to low and add in peppermint extract, flour, and cornstarch. Blend just until combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll dough into small balls (about 3 dozen total). Place on silpat or parchment lined baking sheets and bake 10-12 minutes, or until bottom of cookies are golden brown. Cool on pan a few minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. When cooled, prepare frosting by whipping the butter until creamy, then adding in the powdered sugar. Start low and increase speed, add in the milk and peppermint extract and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Stir in food coloring by hand until desired color is achieved.
  6. Gently frost cooled cookies (they are fragile), then add a sprinkling of crushed peppermint if desired for decoration right before serving (so the peppermint candy doesn't get soft from sitting in the frosting).


  1. These are so pretty! Perfect for a wedding shower or "girlie" partie!

  2. I have never made meltaways either. These are beautiful.


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