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Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies!!

posted in Food & Drink
11/17/2013
  • These bite-size sugar cookies are super fun and pretty easy to make and decorate. But I think the best part about them is how they are packaged to look like peppermint candy.
    These bite-size sugar cookies are super fun and pretty easy to make and decorate. But I think the best part about them is how they are packaged to look like peppermint candy.
  • Ingredients
    SUGAR COOKIES
    3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg
    3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    1.5 inch round cutter

  • ROYAL ICING
    1/2 cup meringue powder
    1 scant cup (almost full) water
    2 pounds (32 ounces) powdered sugar
    2 teaspoons light corn syrup
    1 teaspoon peppermint extract (if desired)
    Super white gel icing color
    Pink, red or green icing color
    Small squeeze bottles
    Toothpicks
    3X4 Treat bags
    Twine or Twist ti

  • Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder and set aside.

    Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and extracts mixing until combined. Add the flour mixture one cup at a time, mixing on low until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. After the last addition, the mixture will look thick and crumbly.

  • Now you're ready to roll. Line rolling surface with wax paper. Dust surface and coat your rolling pin with flour. Roll a portion of the dough on the flour-coated surface and knead it together until smooth. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick.

  • Dip the round cutter in flour and cut as many circles out of the dough as you can. Remove scraps, re-knead and repeat. Make sure to reflour the work surface too.
    Dip the round cutter in flour and cut as many circles out of the dough as you can. Remove scraps, re-knead and repeat. Make sure to reflour the work surface too.
  • Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. (You can easily lift them as the dough is sturdy.) You can also roll directly on to parchment paper, remove scraps and transfer the parchment paper to the cookie sheet.
    Place cookies on prepared cookie sheet. (You can easily lift them as the dough is sturdy.) You can also roll directly on to parchment paper, remove scraps and transfer the parchment paper to the cookie sheet.
  • Place cookies in freezer for about 10 minutes. Then bake for 9-12 minutes. Remove from oven when done and let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking tray. Use the cookie cutter again to trim cookies to size if desired. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • For the icing
    When cool, mix royal icing in the large bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix together meringue powder, peppermint extract (optional) and water until foamy and combined.
    Sift in the powdered sugar, add the corn syrup and mix on low until incorporated.

  • Scrape down sides of bowl and beat for 5 minutes on medium-low. Increase to medium-high and continue beating just until icing is glossy and stiff peaks form. Tint a small portion of the royal icing pink. If you like add a few drops of white gel color to the remaining white icing.

  • With a squeeze bottle, pipe and outline the cookies in white. Then thin the icing to create a flood consistency. Add a few drops of water at a time to the white icing until it is the consistency of thick syrup. Repeat with the pink icing.
    With a squeeze bottle, pipe and outline the cookies in white. Then thin the icing to create a flood consistency. Add a few drops of water at a time to the white icing until it is the consistency of thick syrup. Repeat with the pink icing.
  • Use the squeeze bottle to fill the center of the outlined cookie with white flood icing.
    Use the squeeze bottle to fill the center of the outlined cookie with white flood icing.
  • Pipe dots of pink around the perimeter and use a toothpick to pull the pink toward the center of the cookie to create the peppermint design. (See photos above). Repeat with the remaining cookies and let dry for 24 hours.
    Pipe dots of pink around the perimeter and use a toothpick to pull the pink toward the center of the cookie to create the peppermint design. (See photos above). Repeat with the remaining cookies and let dry for 24 hours.
  • (Note: If the pink icing sits on the surface of the white without sinking in, then thin the icings a bit more)
    (Note: If the pink icing sits on the surface of the white without sinking in, then thin the icings a bit more)
  • When they are completely dry (wait 24 hours to make sure), then it’s time to wrap them up.
    When they are completely dry (wait 24 hours to make sure), then it’s time to wrap them up.
  • You’ll need some treat bags and twine. I used these 3X4 treat bags to go with the 1.5 inch cutter I used.

But you can certainly use bigger bags and a larger cutter. Just make sure whatever round cutter you use that it will give you enough room to tie the ends of the treat bags around your cookies.
    You’ll need some treat bags and twine. I used these 3X4 treat bags to go with the 1.5 inch cutter I used.

    But you can certainly use bigger bags and a larger cutter. Just make sure whatever round cutter you use that it will give you enough room to tie the ends of the treat bags around your cookies.
  • To test beforehand, cut out a piece of cardboard or something thick to the size of your cutter and place inside the bag to see if you have enough room to tie each end.
    To test beforehand, cut out a piece of cardboard or something thick to the size of your cutter and place inside the bag to see if you have enough room to tie each end.
  • The little bags can be slippery, so I used a twist tie to clamp the bag together so I could easily tie the string. A big help.

And of course if you have enough twist ties, you could just use those by themselves.
    The little bags can be slippery, so I used a twist tie to clamp the bag together so I could easily tie the string. A big help.

    And of course if you have enough twist ties, you could just use those by themselves.
  • Try cutting them in half or thirds so you can get more out and so you won’t have long ends sticking out around your cookies.

When both ends are secure, then snip off the bottom of the bag if you like so you can open it and fan it out like the other side.

Voila! Perfect for the holidays.
    Try cutting them in half or thirds so you can get more out and so you won’t have long ends sticking out around your cookies.

    When both ends are secure, then snip off the bottom of the bag if you like so you can open it and fan it out like the other side.

    Voila! Perfect for the holidays.
  • I hope you enjoyed this Tip!! Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments!! Thank you!! 💖😄✌️

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