I'm always amazed by how much the little ones in our family LOVE candy canes...and these Candy Cane Meltaway Cookies are no exception! After one taste you'll know why these are so popular - they literally melt in your mouth. The texture is light and dreamy, dressed up with a silky peppermint buttercream frosting and sprinkled with crushed candy cane bits, these are so much fun for winter celebration!
WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO CRUSH CANDY CANES?
Crushing candy canes is so easy that a kid can do it! Do you have any candy cane fanatics at your house? I do believe that I have created a candy cane monster!
Now that our little one has figured out how much fun it is to help me out by crushing candy canes with his Little Tikes toy hammer, I have been in a perpetual state of trying to find new recipes that will allow him to help me out! I can't believe how many boxes of candy canes we've gone thru this year, and I have learned to double-bag with heavy duty freezer bags before he starts banging away!
And if he didn't look so darn cute with his little "Cookie Helper" apron and chef hat, it might be easier to tell him we're all done with candy cane baking!
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO MAKING PERFECT "MELTAWAY" COOKIE?
The secret is actually powdered sugar (sometimes called confectioners sugar) rather than granulated sugar, and cornstarch, which creates the tender buttery texture that melts in your mouth.
The peppermint flavor adds the perfect light touch, and the candy canes add the perfect touch of holiday color. These are a cookie you'll dream about - and it's no wonder they are a family favorite!
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CAN MELTAWAY COOKIES BE FROZEN?
Not only do these cookies freeze well, but I like that they can be made ahead of time and frozen - it saves on last minute baking!
DO MELTAWAY COOKIES TRAVEL WELL?
Peppermint Meltaway Cookies LOVE to travel with you...but not so much if you want to mail or ship them. They are more on the delicate side, so it's hard to package them to handle the bumps and tumbles that may occur during shipping. If you love the concept and taste, you are better off using a vanilla sugar cookie base and topping with the Peppermint Buttercream Frosting and candy cane sprinkles, as sugar cookies have a sturdier base and aren't quite as delicate.
ARE THESE COOKIES GOOD FOR COOKIE EXCHANGES?
These pretty little cookies are always one of the first to disappear from cookie exchanges, and everyone begs for the recipe. And how pretty are these for holiday party cookie trays! One bite and these are sure to be one of your favorites as well - they are so unique and easy to make! Come the first of the year, I'll be trying to figure out how to melt these away from my hips, but for now, it's time to enjoy the holidays!
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (room temperature)
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
PEPPERMINT BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
¼ cup (½ stick) butter (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 to 2 tablespoons half & half (to consistency)
¼ cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
HOW WE MAKE THESE:
Originally published December 2016; revised and reposted December 2021.
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