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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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?