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Peppermint Meltaways

These Peppermint Meltways truly melt-in-your-mouth!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peppermint Meltaways
Servings: 32 cookies
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke



  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (96g) cornstarch
  • ¾ cup (96g) confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick pure peppermint extract
  • 1 cup (128g) all-purpose flour


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 6 -8 teaspoons whole milk, divided
  • ¼ -1 teaspoon McCormick pure peppermint extract
  • McCormick green food color, optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand-held mixer, mix the butter and cornstarch until well combined and lighter in color.
  • Turn mixer off and add in confectioners sugar.
  • With the mixer on low, and the peppermint extract and mix until ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Turn mixer off and add flour. With the mixer on low to medium-low, mix until the dough comes together (pulls away from sides of the bowl).
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, (you can also use a tablespoon measuring spoon) remove about a tablespoon of dough. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. (for a standard cookie sheet you can fit at least 8 cookies, a larger cookie sheet can hold about 14)
  • Once the cookie sheet is full, gently roll each between your hands until it is a smooth ball.
  • Bake 9 minutes.
  • Right out of the oven take a glass with a flat bottom (that is smaller than the cookie) and gently press into the cookie.
  • 10. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack. Make sure cookies are completely cool before adding glaze.


  • In a medium bowl add 1 cup confectioners sugar, 3 teaspoons of milk, and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. It's best to start with 1/4 teaspoon of the extract and sample as you go. (Some prefer less, some folks prefer more intense flavor.)
  • Stir until smooth. Place in a piping bag and seal with a rubber band.
  • In another bowl add 1 cup confections sugar, 3 teaspoons milk, and 1 drop of green food color. Stir until smooth. I wrote optional in the recipe because it is not necessary to add the green "wreath" design, that is just for looks.


Serving: 32g | Calories: 63kcal