Put Away the Turkey; Bring out the Candy Canes!

by Heather

The leftover turkey was long ago gobbled down, the long weekend has already been forgotten, the cold, grey winds are creeping in, and December’s right around the corner.

That can only mean one thing. Christmas cookie time!

peppermint cookies

Last year’s holiday baking extravaganza got a little out of hand. I thought it’d be best to do it all in one day. My motivation was solely based on cleaning the kitchen as few times as possible. That plan quickly backfired: I was left with a disaster of a kitchen, and not enough cookies. Actually, I don’t remember getting to the cookies…brownies, yes. Fudge, yes. Cookies? I don’t remember those…

vegan sugar cookies

Good thing I’m on top of it for this year; the Christmas cookies are first on the list.

christmas cookies

What happens when you combine the classic simplicity of a sugar cookie with the distinct holiday freshness of peppermint? Christmas magic in your mouth.

Peppermint Cookies
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  • 1/2 cup butter; room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup + crushed peppermint candies or candy canes


  1. Cream butter and sugar at high speed in mixer.
  2. Add in milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
  3. Combine baking powder with flour and slowly add to butter & sugar mixture, be careful not to over mix.
  4. Dough will be crumbly. Use plastic wrap to help form log shape. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. {Can also freeze for later.}
  5. Remove dough from fridge and slice into 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices. {You can also roll dough and use cookie cutters. Let the dough warm up a little bit first.}
  6. Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat. {Peppermint melts into a mess!}
  7. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  8. *Choose a peppermint option: Gently mix in candy with dough before refrigerating or wait until later and roll dough in peppermint or sprinkle cookies with peppermint candy. It's up to you!

peppermint cookie recipe

These are a perfect example of following my healthy holiday “rules”. You won’t find any whole wheat, or any guilt, here. They are vegan; but that’s just because I don’t keep milk or butter in the house. Feel free to use whatever’s in your fridge too.

peppermint candy cookies

vegan sugar cookie recipe

Wait, Christmas is 26 days away you say? Guess I’ll have to eat this batch myself. Winking smile

Before you go, check out these posts:

My tiny sneakers update: 31 weeks!

My guest post on the Bee Active blog: The 3 Mistakes Fit Women Make. Are you making them?!


What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 30, 2011 at 9:52 am
That's the thing, if I make them in advance, I end up eating them! So it always comes down to a day or two before and then I'm a wreck in the kitchen!
Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe November 30, 2011 at 10:45 am
Wow, those look so good... and I don't even have much of a sweet tooth!
Ashleysh22 November 30, 2011 at 11:14 am
Okay - I know I am Jewish - but dang girl, I want "Christmas magic in my mouth" I am definately going to be making these. Now the question is, when? I might make them the night before we go to Colorado to visit my hubbies family, but then I might have to SHARE them all - less calories for me though? HA! these look sooooooooo delicious. Thank you!
Mac November 30, 2011 at 11:22 am
Those look great! Something a little different than the traditional Christmas cookie that I see at our family Christmas, may have to make them this year!
Sabrina November 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm
First time stopping by your blog. Saw your link on #fitblog. When I make cookies I have to get them out of the house in a hurry or I will gobble them all up! Last year I made a Chocolate Peppermint Cake ball. I think I will re-make it this weekend!
Lindsey November 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm
I think I have to go with soft gingerbread cookies as my favorite. But cookies are my (major) weakness and I really love them all!
Audrey December 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Hey, I hope I didn't just overlook it, but what is the yield for the recipe?
Heather December 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm
24! {Unless you're like me and eat a bunch of the dough first...}

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