These cookies are so dainty and pretty that I served them at my daughter's birthday tea. When I make them during the year, I use multicolored sprinkles on top rather than the crushed candy canes. They are on my "must have" list at Christmas. They are always the first to go at a party. I've had several people say, "I just can't stop eating them". Best eaten within about 2 days of baking. Note that dough does need to be chilled for about an hour before baking.
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 -2 tablespoon milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 -3 drops red food coloring
- hard peppermint candies or candy cane, crushed
- FOR COOKIES, combine sugar, butter and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract in large mixer bowl.
- Beat at medium speed until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).
- Reduce speed to low; add flour and cornstarch.
- Beat until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).
- Cover; refrigerate until firm (30 to 60 minutes).
- Heat oven to 350°F Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 1-inch balls.
- Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.
- Cool completely.
- FOR GLAZE, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in small bowl.
- Stir in food color, if desired.
- Drizzle over cooled cookies.
- Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy.
- (I have found it is easier to put the crushed candy in a bowl and"dip" the top of cookies in them right after I frost them).