This rich and buttery white chocolate peppermint cookies recipe is made from scratch. They are crispy and crackly on the outside but chewy on the inside.
I made these white chocolate peppermint cookies last Christmas but felt that they needed to be improved.
Well, I got BUSY yesterday and made numerous batches of peppermint sugar cookies until I got it right!
These EASY and SIMPLE peppermint cookies from scratch are very RICH and BUTTERY.
They are beautiful and have these incredible CRISPY and CRACKLY tops with CHEWY centers, very similar to my crackly sugar cookies recipe.
You can enjoy these peppermint crinkle cookies as is, but I decided to dip them in melted white chocolate and cover them in crushed candy canes, making them ideal for CHRISTMAS cookie exchanges.
These cookies have a DUAL dose of peppermint flavor through the use of:
- Peppermint extract and
- Crushed candy canes
You can decorate these white chocolate peppermint cookies in many ways:
- Make peppermint cookie sandwiches, using my best cream cheese frosting as a filling or you can even use a peppermint filling.
- Randomly drizzle white chocolate on top of the cookies.
- Frost the top of the cookies with peppermint icing/frosting, making a circular design with a spatula.
- Drizzle some peppermint glaze on top of each cookie.
- Add chocolate chips in the batter and make peppermint chocolate chip cookies. They are stunning with their pink and white colors.
Here are some TIPS for making perfect white chocolate peppermint cookies:
- Do not replace baking soda with baking powder. That helps create the crackly appearance.
- Do not omit cream of tartar in this recipe. You need that to create the crackly effect on these cookies.
- Do not replace egg yolks with whole eggs since that would make the dough very sticky.
- Your butter and eggs must be at room temperature.
- There is no need to chill the dough before baking.
- Stir in white chocolate chips in the batter to make peppermint chocolate chip cookies, if you like.
- Do not over-bake these cookies or else the edges of these cookies will become dark brown and hideous.
- Make sure to let the cookies cool down completely before decorating them.
If you liked this post, you may like some of these other peppermint dessert recipes too:
- 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Pink gel coloring
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup granulated sugar for rolling cookie dough balls)
- 1 cup melted white chocolate
- ½ cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
- In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg yolks, peppermint extract and pink gel coloring and mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
- Dump this dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined.
- Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little balls. Roll them in granulated sugar and place on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the edges are firm.
- Allow the cookies to cool down completely.
- Then, dip each cookie in melted white chocolate and place on a cookie tray, lined with wax paper.
- Toss some crushed candy canes on top of each cookie and let the chocolate set (takes about 20 minutes).
- Store leftovers in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- To make peppermint chocolate chip cookies, stir in ¾ cups of white chocolate chips in the batter.
Well, that’s all for today.
Until next time, tata my lovelies.