Peppermint Snickerdoodles

What says “Christmas” more than cookies?!?

Green cookies with a peppermint kiss on top, that’s what!

Aside from being absolutely adorable and just raging with Christmas cheer, these little guys are far more delicious than you could imagine.

The cookies are everything you could hope for in a cookie, and the peppermint topping throws in a surprising twist that leaves you begging for more!

….and actually unable to control the ability to say no, leaving you 6 cookies deep wondering where you went wrong in life.

Except you went so, so right by making them.

As mentioned, the base for these is a relatively traditional snickerdoodle recipe. A lot of people make these as sugar cookies, but they come up short. Sugar cookies don’t have the flavor to support the peppermint, but snickerdoodles are juuuuust right.

The only difference is to throw the food coloring into the “wet” ingredient mix.

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At this stage, it looks rather unappealing. The green is just so unnatural, that it made me a little hesitant and kind of weary of the outcome.

Do not fret, because it all ends up working out!

To the sugar/butter mixture, you add your dry ingredients to make the dough. It’s going to be a very thick and almost dry feeling dough.

If you’re using your mixer, I highly recommend using the dough hook for this because it is so thick that the regular paddle attachment might not be able to stand up to it… if you’re going old school and not using a mixture, toss the spoon and use your hands.

Once it’s all combined, you have to form your cookies.

This is very important because they have to be a certain shape to produce the consistency you need; spherical.

Balls may be the more official term, I don’t know.

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But they do need to be round. Once rounded, roll them into your green sugar mixture for a little extra sparkle and then bake. They will kind of spread and puff into beautiful little fluffy cookies.

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Like so.

I know at this point you’re probably like, “oh then you just toss on the kiss?”

WRONG.

This is actually a rather complicated feat because if you put them on too soon, they will melt and get sloppy. But if you wait too long, your cookie won’t be pliable and then they’ll just fall off.

You want them to be just slightly warm (about room temp) and then press the kiss right into the center.

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At just the right temp, the chocolate will melt just enough to stick but not enough to lose it’s shape.

These are seriously so delicious and one of the most adorable, festive cookies that you could make this season.

And super simple!

Recipe

3 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 sticks (1 cup) butter (room temp)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp green coloring

3 dozen peppermint kisses

Preheat oven to 375

1/4 cup sugar/1 drop green coloring (for rolling dough in)

In your mixing bowl; cream butter, sugar, and coloring until smooth

Add egg and vanilla and mix

Add remaining dry ingredients and combined until a dough forms

In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and a drop of green food coloring… mix until sugar is green.

Roll dough into 1inch balls and coat in sugar mix

Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 11 minutes

Transfer cookies to cooling rack

Once they reach about room temperature, place one kiss in the center of each cookie and press gently

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