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Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Tender and soft peppermint sugar cookies paired with a peppermint buttercream.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: Peppermint, Peppermint Sugar Cookies, Sugar Cookies
Servings: 2 dozen, depending on size of the cookie cutter

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups (339 g) unsalted butter, slightyly cold
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) peppermint extract
  • 5 cups (600 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons (8 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt

For the Buttercream

  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter, slightly cold
  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar, measured then sifted
  • 3 tablespoons (44.3 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) peppermint extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

For the Cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract. Mix until incorporated.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes and place the cookie dough 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  • Freeze the cut dough for 10 minutes and then bake for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

For the Buttercream

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar, heavy cream, peppermint and salt. 
  • Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until nearly white.
  • Before frosting or piping, mix the frosting by hand with a wooden spoon or spatula to push out the air pockets.