Peppermint Swirl Cookies

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Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Perfect Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Autumn gets everything pumpkin, but winter, well, winter gets everything peppermint.  Cool, crisp, and perfect in cooler weather, everything from candy to coffee to cookies comes out perfect with a little peppermint, including Peppermint Swirl Cookies.  These delicate little gems are perfect for gift giving and cookie buffets, and are a beautiful addition to any cookie platter.  Red and white swirled dough gives a beautiful presentation while the peppermint flavoring clears your palate and gives you that crisp winter feeling.  Peppermint Swirl Cookies have a crisp, tender texture that reminds you of the perfect butter cookie, and will put smiles on the faces of guests and family alike.

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Fun Ingredients and Methods for Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Many of the ingredients for Peppermint Swirl Cookies are typical of cookies.  shortening, butter, sugar, egg, flour, and salt are all components of most cookies.  Peppermint Swirl Cookies are different in that they take two flavorings, vanilla and peppermint extracts, along with red food coloring.  Just before baking, you can add some crushed candy canes to the top, like decorator sugar, for even more pepperminty flavor.  When forming the dough into swirls, it’s easier to work with the dough when you first make it, and not refrigerate it for later.  (A mistake I’ve made more than once before I notated my recipe!)  You can roll out the dough to make swirls, which is my favorite, or you can roll it into pencil-thin logs and twist like a candy cane.  The choice is yours with Peppermint Swirl Cookies!

Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ C butter flavor shortening
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • 1 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ t peppermint extract
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ C flour
  • 1 t salt
  • red food coloring
  • peppermint candy canes, crushed (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, cream the shortening, butter, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and extracts; mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour and salt.
  4. Slowly add the flour mix to the butter mix, mixing to completely incorporate.
  5. Remove half of the dough and wrap to keep moist.
  6. To the remaining dough, add the red food coloring a drop or two at a time, mixing completely to check the color. When a rich dark red color is achieved, remove the dough from the mixer.
  7. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Split each color of dough in half and roll out into equal sized rectangles on a floured surface.
  9. Layer the red over the white and roll along the longest edge to form a log, pressing it together as you go to remove air bubbles.
  10. Slice log into ¼ inch slices and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  11. Sprinkle with crushed candy, if desired.
  12. Bake 9-11 minutes until dough is set and cookies are slightly browned on the bottom.
  13. Remove to paper toweling to cool.
  14. Store in a tightly sealed container.
  15. Makes 4-6 dozen cookies.
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Making Peppermint Swirl Cookies Ahead

I often make Peppermint Swirl Cookies ahead of time and freeze them in plastic zippy bags for later.  It’s great around holiday time, because I can make them right after Thanksgiving, place them in the freezer, then use my time to make gifts for the holidays, instead of trying to do everything last minute.  Peppermint Swirl Cookies freeze well and are a bit softer when they thaw, but the flavor is amazing and some of my friends actually like them better after they are frozen.  Peppermint Swirl Cookies make perfect gifts and look beautiful on a cookie platter.

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