Peppermint Meltaways

These peppermint meltaways consist of a shortbread cookie covered in pink peppermint frosting – they literally melt in your mouth! 

Peppermint Meltaways
Peppermint Meltaways

*Note: I feel the need to warn you that this is the first of several peppermint or mint flavored treats you will be finding here this month. I seem to have a peppermint problem this Christmas.

I think these peppermint meltaways are by far the cutest Christmas cookies I’ve made. They’re so small and pink, and the crushed peppermint candy on top is a fun and festive touch.

Peppermint Meltaways

The cookies consist of a shortbread like cookie covered in pink peppermint frosting. They’re delicious – light and buttery and sweet. As the name suggests, they literally melt in your mouth.

I made them bite sized which I think only added to their cuteness. These are quick and easy to make, and they make a wonderful festive addition to your Christmas cookie trays.

Peppermint Meltaways

P.S. You can see all of my Christmas treat recipes from over the years at this Christmas Cookies tag. Enjoy! And, as always, let me know if you try any and how you liked them.

Peppermint Meltaways

Yield: Yield: 3 1/2 dozen

These peppermint meltaways consist of a shortbread cookie covered in pink peppermint frosting - they literally melt in your mouth!



  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


For the cookies:

  1. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a medium sized bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. (Optional, but will result in prettier cookies).
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
  4. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove gently to wire racks to cool completely.

For the Icing:

  1. In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, extract and food coloring and beat until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar to get the frosting to the preferred consistency for spreading.
  2. Spread over cooled cookies. Sprinkle with crushed candies if desired.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Oh my gosh those are so cute! I love how they're so small with the pink frosting on top. These would be perfect to make for Christmas.

  2. These sound melt in your mouth delicious. I just love how pretty and delicate these look and that peppermint candy on top adds a nice touch.

  3. I love anything with the word “meltaway” in it.

  4. Oh these look great and are adorable!

  5. I have this recipe and have made them for Christmas for several years now. They are so cute and so delicious!

  6. I have made this recipe before from Taste of Home… they are so delicious! And keep the peppermint recipes coming… I always get in the mood for it around this time of year!

  7. These are sooo cute–I love the pink color! And I am on a peppermint kick lately too 😉

  8. These are super cute! I love peppermint at the holidays too 🙂

  9. these are very similar to my favorite cookie which I have yet to make and share this year but it's on my list! You're making me want to run into the kitchen and make some right now. Mmmm peppermint, frosting and cookies – can't get better than that.

  10. Oh I do love Christmas cookies 🙂 These look delicious.. I really need to find some peppermint extract! I couldn't find any when I was in the grocery the other day. Cant wait to see what comes next!

  11. These look so light and buttery!
    Adding this one to my list 🙂

  12. I absolutely love peppermint sweets! Ever since I tasted peppermint ice cream, I've been hooked. Definitely adding these to my holiday baking list!

  13. Oh my! These look uh-mazing! Next weekend starts holiday baking with my mom and these will absolutely be on the list!

  14. These cookies look so tasty! It's not Christmas unless there's peppermint, so keep them coming!

  15. Oh my word Megan please send me your cookies!!!! They look so good, I'm drooling over the 2 cookies you've posted. I can't even imagine how incredibly delicious tomorrow's cookie will be.

  16. So cute! I will be making these soon!

  17. Your pictures are lovely, Megan – and I'm excited to see more peppermint recipes. Love the mint flavor! These little gems look great!

  18. they are adorable, I agree that they are the cutest xmas cookies Ive see this year.

  19. Your peppermint cookies are so cute! Peppermint seems to be the flavor of the year — I'm seeing lots of peppermint cookie recipes!

  20. ohh that looks great. I would probably just make some for me.

  21. we are baking christmas cookies this weekend and looking for something new to try!



  22. These are so pretty! I love a soft, buttery cookie that melts in your mouth. So addicting!

  23. What a nice recipe!.. Tasty)) ~

  24. I love peppermint! Thank you for sharing!

  25. They are adorable! Too bad I can't have any sort of peppermint, not even a little bit but I could make half of them with it for my hubby and half with something else for me. I think they could totally be a Christmas gift 🙂

  26. Oh adorable! These are definitely going on my Holiday Cookie Baking List. I'm with you, all of a sudden I'm getting a “can't get enough peppermint” phase of baking. I was like that with pumpkin last month. And I love the pink color, different than the regular red/green holiday colors.

  27. These cookies look precious, and I'm certain they're very tasty! I love peppermint in baked goods, so I'm definitely making note of these. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Those are really pretty! I made meltaways recently and they are true to their name. Thanks for sharing!

  29. These look amazing. They do look rather melt-in-you-mouthish-yummy!

  30. pretty. I've been on a bit of a peppermint kick lately…can't wait to try these!

  31. These look so petite and pretty ! I would like to give you “The Versatile Blogger” Award drop my site later to pick it up

  32. Amazing cookies! Would love to feature one of them in my 12 Cookies of Christmas contest:


  33. I have to tell you you're seriously driving me crazy with all these yummy pictures and recipes!!! Everything looks so wonderful…especially all the peppermint treats. Pity my husband hates peppermint. 🙁

  34. I made these earlier this month and my husbands words were “You need to make these every Christmas – they are fantastic” And they really are!!

  35. Jackie – This one seems to be a hit with the husbands! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  36. how do they freeze???????

  37. Angel – sorry to be so slow to reply! I froze some of these before Christmas and ate them once they'd been unfrozen, and they were just as good as previously! So go for it – they freeze beautifully 🙂

  38. I just found your blog by way of My McDonald Meal and boy, have I been missing something! I subscribed to your feed and then quickly bookmarked nearly every recipe you've posted!

    I have a quick question for you regarding a few of your desserts. I'm hosting a shower and I'm looking for another dessert to go along with red velvet cupcakes (it's around Valentine's Day so I'm playing up the red/pink theme). I saw these peppermint meltaways but I had also bookmarked your cookie dough truffles. Are these meltaways like sugar cookies? Which one do you like better?

  39. Danielle – Thanks so much for your comment! It made my day 🙂

    In reponse to your question – the cookie dough truffles are great, but really much better if they are served cold. If that's an option, I'd go with those. But the peppermint meltaways have been a big hit as well. They are more like russian tea cakes (snowballs) than sugar cookies. Kind of crumbly and melt in your mouth. I like them both! 🙂

  40. Thanks. I also considered your peppermint marshmallows to give as favors. See, I told you I bookmarked everything!

  41. I adore these cookies and will be making them for an upcoming goodie exchange party. …was wondering if you knew about how many cookies this recipe made?? Thank you for sharing your talent with us! 🙂

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  47. Can you freeze the dough? I’m making a plethora of cookies this year and am running out of freezer space for already baked cookies. Was hoping I could mix up the dough and bake later. Thoughts?

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