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Peppermint Meltway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies

Buttery, soft meltaway cookies topped with rich peppermint cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes - perfect for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Author Tiffany


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • red food coloring (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed candy canes


  • Mix together butter and powdered sugar til smooth. Add flour, corn starch and vanilla and mix again until dough comes together. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Gently press each dough ball with the heel of your hand to flatten slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Make the frosting by creaming together cream cheese, and butter. Mix in powdered sugar and peppermint extract. If desired, mix in a drop or two or red food coloring. Spread over cooled cookies and top with crushed candy canes.


Prep time does not include 30 minutes of chilling time. 
Recipe makes a lot of frosting, so if you aren't a frosting lover I would recommend halving the frosting or doubling the cookie portion of the recipe.