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Peppermint Amish Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Amish Sugar Cookies are a must this holiday season - soft, puffy, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies, with a hint of peppermint, a thick layer of peppermint icing, and crunchy peppermint pieces on top. These Peppermint Amish Sugar Cookies deserve a spot on your holiday cookie trays. 

Course Cookies
Keyword christmas cookies, peppermint amish cookies, peppermint amish sugar cookies, peppermint christmas cookies, peppermint cookies, peppermint sugar cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 48
Author Sarah

Ingredients

For cookies:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar

For icing:

  • 4 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1-2 tbsp. milk or heavy cream
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely crushed peppermint candies for garnish
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions

For cookies:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, oil, and sugars until combined.

  2. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and peppermint extract.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

  4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Do not overmix.

  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  6. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets.

  7. Bake at 375 for 8-11 minutes, or until edges and bottoms are lightly browned.

  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For icing:

  1. Whisk together butter, vanilla, peppermint extract, and 1/4 cup milk until smooth. 

  2. Stir in 4 cups powdered sugar, mixing until smooth.

  3. Add additional milk or powdered sugar, as needed, to achieve a thick, but spreadable consistency. It should be thicker than a glaze, and it shouldn't run off the cookie, but should be easily spreadable. 

  4. Frost cookies, sprinkle with peppermint candies, decorate with additional sprinkles, if desired, and allow to set.

Recipe Notes

These are good for at least a week, but best within the first 3 days. After 3 days, they get crumbly and a bit on the drier side - still a delicious cookie though. 

These freeze really well! Iced or plain, they freeze beautifully.

I've made these Amish Sugar Cookies into Iced Vanilla Amish Sugar Cookies, Pecan Praline Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Maple Amish Sugar CookiesPumpkin Spice Latte Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Chai-Spiced Amish Sugar CookiesIced Almond Cookies, Iced Lemon Amish Sugar Cookies, Iced Orange Amish Sugar Cookies, Toasted Coconut Amish Sugar Cookies, Coconut Oil Amish Sugar Cookies, and Thin Crispy Amish Sugar Cookies!