Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One. All opinions are 100% mine.

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty! | | #recipe #cookie #WishForOthers

There is something about the holidays that brings out the best in people.  We’re happier, friendlier, and full of joy.  That’s why it’s the best time of the year.  The true spirit of the holiday season is all about giving though.  I used to stress about the gifts I gave at Christmas.  I mean, talk about pressure.  It’s the one time of year when many are expecting gifts and the thought of disappointing someone just doesn’t sit well with me.

As I grow older, and wiser, I’ve learned that giving to others is the best gift I can give myself.  Truly.  There is nothing that fills with me with thankfulness and joy more than the act of giving selflessly to another.  And the holidays are certainly the perfect time to do it.

The boys have been busy working on their Christmas Wish Lists and as much fun as it is to surprise them each year, our focus has always been on the act of giving. Teaching our boys to want to give to others is a top priority in our family. We participate in Operation Bear Hug, Operation Christmas Child, and various other charities to show them how good it feels to give.  And it does. There’s no denying the thrill in giving to someone you love or someone in need.

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty! | | #recipe #cookie #WishForOthers

Capital One agrees.  This year they want you to focus less on your wish list and instead focus on your #WishForOthers. I have to say, I am truly in love with this campaign. Taking the focus off of ourselves and putting it on others is what this time of year is all about. This year my #Wishfor Others is the gift of giving. It’s a 2-for-1 gift that feels just as good to the giver as it does to the recipient.

To celebrate that spirit of giving and make the holidays a little brighter this year, Capital One wants to hear about your wish for others. Share your wish for someone else – a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a community — with #WishForOthers on Twitter, Instagram, or the Capital One Facebook page from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 for a chance to make it come true. How exciting is that?

It’s so easy to enter and I can’t wait to see what you are wishing for others this holiday season – I bet it’s gonna be good! Make sure to visit Wish For Others for more information and to see what wishes others are making.

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty! | | #recipe #cookie #WishForOthers

The great thing is that giving doesn’t need to be complicated OR expensive. Anyone can give. It only matters that it comes from your heart.  Take these Peppermint Shortbread Cookies.  Easy. Easy Easy. Yet totally festive and delicious. And boy oh boy do they look pretty on a platter! Tie it up with a ribbon and you have the perfect holiday gift.

Many people may be like, oh, shortbread, but it’s so dry. No sir. Not if you do it right! These shortbread cookies are delightful and pack a peppermint punch that’s sure to please.

There’s a whopping 5 ingredients in this shortbread.  I roll mine in sugar before baking for an extra special sparkle.  Come on now! It’s Christmas! We have to have sparkle :)

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty! | | #recipe #cookie #WishForOthers

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies
These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty!
Serves: 2½ dozen cookies
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed (and cold)
  • 1¼ cups Andes peppermint crunch chips (found in baking aisle or here)
  • 1 tsp extract (vanilla, almond, or peppermint)
  • red food coloring (optional)
  • more sugar to coat cookies before baking if desired
  1. Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter. You want very fine crumbs.
  3. Stir in extract, food coloring, and Andes peppermint crunch chips.
  4. Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together and forms a ball.
  5. Shape dough into a log about two inches in a diameter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for two hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325F.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Cut slices of cookie dough about ¼ inch thick and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until cookies are set. Do not over bake.
  9. Let cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack. Let cool completely.
  10. Store in airtight container for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

These festive Peppermint Shortbread Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays this year! With only five ingredients, they are quick and easy to make and look so gosh darn pretty!


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  1. These are so pretty, Trish! And your son holding that plate of cookies is just adorable. It’s definitely good to focus on helping other people this month! I love that you’re spreading that message!
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  2. Love these! I wish peppermint would be a year round flavor ;)
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  3. What a great campaign Trish! And I absolutely love that pic of your son with the cookie platter. It’s great that you teach your boys about giving!! And I of course could gobble up that whole tray of cookies myself! YUM!! Pinned. :)
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  4. These cookies are seriously sensational!
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  5. These cookies are perfect for giving to others during the holiday season!
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  6. Those cookies have a nice color. Perfect for Christmas.

  7. I bet these are amazing!! Love the peppermint. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  8. Trish, these cookies look so lovely and your son is such a cutie. Thank you

  9. These cookies look absolutely perfect!! That color is totally killing me. Adorable! And so are your boys. Just the sweetest picture of him holding the plate! :) Momma’s little helper, right?? (And I bet this batch of shortbread turned out perfect!! :) )
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  10. OH my gosh! That cutie!!! AND that tray! I’m in awe with these cookies. I mean, shortbread plus peppermint! LOOOOOVE!
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  11. What a great cause!! And there is peppermint involved :)
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  12. What an awesome campaign! And what an awesome use of butter…shortbread is so good, when done right. And oh boy do these look right.
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  13. I love that sentiment too – what a good lesson to instill in your children. Also – his face holding that tray of cookies is precious!
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  14. What a pretty cookie; I like the pink color! What a great way to think about others during the holiday season!
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  15. Oh Trish, I absolutely love this post and the campaign! I love that you are passing this down to your kids too. Your lil guy is adorable and these cookies are just beautiful! Love the pink!

  16. Oooh, Trish, I do hope you’ll swing by to Food on Friday to add this to Christmas Favourites! Cheers from Carole from Carole’s Chatter

  17. So festive and fun! I feel like I reach out and grab 1 or 2. Perfection!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
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  18. Love this cookie! It’s so beautiful.

  19. YUM! These look fabulous! Can’t wait to make them this weekend!

  20. Love your pics! Your son is such a cutie! I’m making these right now (they’re in the fridge, chillin’, LOL). I hope they come out as nice as yours. I really had a tough time kneading it all together and getting it to stick. When it started coming together in a ball, when I’d push down to knead again, it kept coming back apart. Hopefully when I go to slice all will go according to plan! I’ll let ya know how they come out and what the family thinks. My two youngest kids are great taste-testers, LOL.

    • This recipe is best with the Andes Peppermint Chips. However it will work with crushed candy canes. Lower the temp to 300 degrees and bake about 25 min. The candies do melt, but the cookie tastes good. Mine held their shape.

    • Mine would hardly stay together and crumbled apart when I sliced them. I couldn’t get the food coloring to mix in either.

  21. These sounds like a delicious addition to my Christmas baking list! I always make shortbread and love peppermint, so I can’t wait to give these a try. Thanks!
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  22. Hi Trish,
    You should let people know to absolutely not use crushed candy canes! My grocery store didn’t have the Andes peppermint chips so I thought it would be a good substitute, but the cookies turned into one big pan of mush in the oven! Time to start over!

    • Good to know! I almost did that. Do you think it would taste good without putting in the peppermint chips, and just putting in peppermint flavor? Maybe I could sprinkle the cookies after they bake with some crushed candy cane…
      Thanks again for the tip!

  23. Hi Trish,

    These look amazing. I will bake these for my company holiday party. As far as the extract, which one did you use?

    Kindest Regards,

  24. These looked terrific, but when I tried to make them, the dough was dried and crumbly….I could barely get the log to stick together but thought the refrigeration time would help. After 4 hours in the frig, I tried to slice them, but couldn’t get one good slice out, they would just fall apart into crumbs. What did I do wrong?

    • Hi Susan – I’m sorry you had some trouble. The only thing I can think of is that the butter wasn’t worked throughout the dough. It’s a shortbread so there’s not a lot of wet ingredients here. The refrigeration just helps keep the cookies from spreading while baking, it doesn’t really help the dough hold together.

  25. Hi! Thanks for sharing this recipe… I am all about recipes wuth just a few ingredients. I had the same experience as Susan. This was my first time ‘cutting in’ butter, so I am sure my lack of experience in that area has something to do with it. However, after watching a few videos on cutting in butter, they all show adding a little bit of cold liquid after the butter is cut in. I left the food coloring out, and while it seemed that the butter was worked well throughout, my ‘dough’ was extremely dry. Do you think the food coloring is necessary to add some moisture? If not, would it hurt to add a little ice water to moisten up the dough and make it easier to work with?

    • The dough was so dry even after kneading I couldn’t make a roll without it falling apart.
      So I used a cookie scoop and made balls then refrigerated them like the recipe said for 2 hrs. But it took forever to cook because they are still soft on top from the candy chips. It’s hard to tell when there cooked through.

  26. Michelle K says:

    I am planning on baking a lot of cookies this holiday season, anything that I can prep ahead of time is key! Can the dough be frozen then thawed before baking? Can the cookies be frozen after they are baked and cooled?

  27. These are beautiful cookies! I searched all over town and finally found the Andes Peppermint Chips. Now I can’t wait to try them. Do you recall how many drops of food coloring you used to get that beautiful pink color?

  28. I tried making these cookies last night and spent a lot of time working the cold butter into the flour and sugar but was unable to get the dough to come together. I ended up adding a little water and eventually formed the log but had a difficult time cutting the cookies as they were falling apart. I found another recipe with almost the same ingredients but the butter was at room temperature was creamed with the sugar. The cookies turned out great using this method.

    • Thanks, Jen, for your remarks. I am in the process of cutting in the butter and everything is so dry. I am going to let the mixture set, or might microwave a bit, to soften the butter. The recipe definitely needs to be tweaked to work.

  29. These cookie were a mess! The dough was so dry it wouldn’t form a log-trashed the whole thing!

  30. Jacque Kvanvig says:

    I wanted to love these! I followed the recipe to the letter but mine melted into one giant cookie with lacy edges. :-( They are so pretty, though.

  31. Is there anything I can use in place of the Andes candies chips? I have a bag of candy cane Hershey Kisses. Would those work and if yes how much cups would I need ?

  32. I just wanted to say that these are really lovely! I did my dough up a little differently though, and I used finely crushed mini candy canes. I used my hand mixer and creamed my butter and sugar together, and then added the extract & food color. Then, I added the flour and mixed on low until it started to form a ball. I stirred the candy cane pieces in with a fork. I turned it out onto plastic wrap, formed it into a log, and put it in the fridge for a couple hours before slicing and baking. Worked out awesome! We really love this recipe. Next time I plan on adding some mini chocolate chips with the candy canes. :)

  33. These were yummy! I had the same issue with the dough being very dry and hard to stick together. I feel like I worked it pretty good but it never came together fully enough to make a log. i used the sides of the plastic wrap to help form a log like shape. Some of my cuts came out fine, but many broke. I just smashed the broken ones into cookie shapes and baked. They turned out fine and yummy! We crushed organic candy canes to use and worked fine-enjoyed that slightly chewy spot when you get to those bits. Will try again! Thanks.

  34. I wish I would have read all the reviews. The ratio is off or something , the dough was way to dry to get into one ball. I was able to make them into “patties” to salvage the recipe. The dough was too yummy to not try to save. Also, not sure how you got the food coloring so uniform, mine are a little ty-dyed looking . I’ll drizzle some white chocolate and all is good, they’re still yummy! But I agree with others, the recipe isn’t quite right .

    • Hi Chelsy! The recipe is correct :) I actually had it tested after a few comments. It seems that when I say “knead the dough”, some people don’t understand the concept of kneading. You need to knead it until it actually forms a solid dough ball. This can take a few minutes. Doing this will properly incorporate the food color as well. If you aren’t sure how to knead dough, you can use a mixer or food processor to do the work for you. Hope that helps!

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