Peppermint Shortbread

by Erin

Classic melt-in-your-mouth shortbread with a festive twist with the addition of peppermint, red sprinkles and a mini candy cane cookie cutter.

Sometimes I bake things that I don’t like. Because sometimes I bake what the people want, and I literally let them eat it all. Take these shortbread for example. I may enjoy my fair share of shortbread, but I’m not a fan of peppermint outside of gum. Thankfully these disappeared like hot cakes so even though I may not fully appreciate them, they certainly pleased the masses. And if you are a part of that mass, you should enter to win a bottle of Nielsen-Massey peppermint extract at the end of this post!

Two years ago: Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites

Three year ago: Pinto Bean Breakfast Patty Melts

Four years ago: Chewy Molasses Cookies

Five years ago: Andes Crème de Menthe Chocolate Cookies


Makes approximately 6 dozen 1-inch cookies


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Pinch of salt

1/4 cup sprinkles, optional


  1. Whip butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, flour, peppermint, and salt. Beat on low for one minute, then on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Add sprinkles, if desired, and fold in until distributed.
  2. At this point, if the dough is too soft to roll, you can refrigerate for an hour or two.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookies sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper, set aside.
  4. Roll the dough out to approximately 1/4 inch thick and cut into your favorite shape (I used a 1-inch candy cane cookie cutter). Place on prepared cookie sheets and bake for 7-10 until just set and edges have not yet begun to brown. Cool on wire racks.

Source: Adapted from my Shortbread Cookies.

Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bottle of extract by Nielsen-Massey. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Amanda Morris December 16, 2016 - 1:35 am

I would test out this recipe and maybe try it in some hot chocolate!:) <3

spiffycookie December 16, 2016 - 7:58 am

Hot chocolate would definitely work!

CakeSpy December 14, 2016 - 8:50 am

I love shortbread and this sounds like a good one. But seriously, these mini candy cane shapes are making me coo! So adorable!

spiffycookie December 14, 2016 - 12:30 pm

I love when I can bust out my mini cookie cutters!

Leslie December 12, 2016 - 8:31 pm

I make a giant batch of what most people call “cream cheese mint”s every year. I call them “shower mints,” because in the Midwest they show up at every wedding and baby shower I attend. These mints require good quality mint flavoring, so I would be grateful to win this giveaway.

Bethany December 12, 2016 - 1:49 pm

I think I might like to try the shortbread cookies, but I’d definitely like to do some chocolate peppermint things!


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