I love mint. My favorite ices cream is peppermint, my favorite soap is peppermint, my favorite smell is peppermint. Basically, I would make everything peppermint if I could.
Strangely enough I have never bought a bottle of peppermint extract. I recently remedied that by ordering a bottle of Nielson Massey Pure Peppermint Extract from Amazon and immediately set to work making mint meltaways.
My favorite kind of cookie is a very buttery, shortbready, not-too sweet cookie rolled in powdered sugar. I love Russian Tea cakes and Melting Moments and Lemon Meltaways. So I found a recipe online and adapted it to suit me needs. They turned out exactly the way I wanted and we ate most of them last night. I think there are 3 left. They are also super easy. I’ll be making these again.
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- About ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 drops pure peppermint oil (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- In a stand mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar; mix until light and fluffy. Add peppermint extract; beat well.
- Add cornstarch to flour in separate bowl, mix well.
- Add flour mixture a bit at a time, to butter mixture and mix well until well combined.
- Using your hands, roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown.
- Remove from oven, and cool on wire racks. Be careful, they are fragile.
- While cookies are cooling, put powdered sugar on a plate and add a few drops of peppermint oil. Mix it in well with a fork. Make sure it is all absorbed into the sugar.
- When cookies have cooled, carefully roll them in the minty sugar. Again, be careful, these are very delicate and they explode at the slightest pressure
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