Tender, buttery shortbread cookies flecked with peppermint baking chips and dipped in chocolate. These peppermint shortbread cookies are a holiday favorite!
This year I’m all about simplifying holiday baking. You can probably imagine that baking trays full of goodies is no easy task with a 4 year old, 2 year old and 1 month old. I started prepping back in September by making and freezing 5 kinds of dough including logs of peppermint shortbread cookies. This is a easy recipe to make (it takes minutes to mix up the dough) and even easier to bake. Just slice and place on the sheet!
These shortbread cookies bake up crisp around the edges with a soft, buttery center. They’re studded with peppermint baking chips, although you could use chopped peppermint bark or crushed candy canes too.
Once the cookies have cooled, you’ll dip them in white or dark chocolate. I did some of each, and drizzled others with additional chocolate and a sprinkle of candy. You can get really creative or just do a simple dip!
If you’re looking for a fun and festive recipe to make this holiday season, give these peppermint shortbread cookies a try. They were a big hit with both my kids and parents. The white chocolate takes them to the next level! Enjoy and happy baking.
Peppermint Shortbread Cookies [Slice and Bake]
- 1 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp coarse kosher sea salt
- 1/2 cup Andes peppermint baking chips - + more for decoration
- 2 cup white chocolate melting wafers - OR dark chocolate OR half and half
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), cream butter for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and beat for 4 minutes on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add extracts, mix until combined.
- With mixing speed on low, add flour and salt. Mix until a few streaks of flour are left, then add baking chips and mix until combined.
- Divide dough into two even portions. Place each portion of dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Form a log 2 inches in diameter. Roll in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours or more.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Cut the logs into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt wafers in a double boiler or in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Dip or drizzle the cookies, sprinkle with additional baking chips, if desired. Allow chocolate to set before storing.