Peppermint Sandies

Every cookie exchange needs a bite-size meltaway in the mix. These have the added benefit of being a great way to use up candy canes.

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Carson Downing

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

Peppermint is the unofficial flavor of the Christmas season. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are rolled in a mix of powdered sugar and red sanding sugar. Store the cookies at room temperature for up to three days or freeze for up to three months.


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies (about 10)

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling

  • Red Decorating sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1/3 cup powdered sugar and the 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the water, vanilla, and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Roll cookies in additional powdered sugar and sprinkle with red sugar (if using).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 69.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.9g 5%
Saturated Fat 2.4g 12%
Cholesterol 10.2mg 3%
Sodium 31.1mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8.3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 1%
Total Sugars 3.8g
Protein 0.6g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 7mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.2g
Vitamin D 0IU
Alanine 0g
Arginine 0g
Ash 0.1g
Aspartic acid 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 1.4mg
Copper, Cu 0mg
Cystine 0g
Energy 292.4kJ
Fluoride, F 0.4mcg
Folate, total 9.7mcg
Glutamic acid 0.2g
Glycine 0g
Histidine 0g
Isoleucine 0g
Leucine 0g
Lysine 0g
Methionine 0g
Magnesium, Mg 1.3mg
Manganese, Mn 0mg
Niacin 0.3mg
Phosphorus, P 6.8mg
Pantothenic acid 0mg
Phenylalanine 0g
Proline 0.1g
Retinol 31.7mcg
Selenium, Se 1.8mcg
Serine 0g
Starch 0g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.1mg
Tryptophan 0g
Tyrosine 0g
Valine 0g
Vitamin A, IU 118.2IU
Vitamin A, RAE 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.3mcg
Water 1.7g
Zinc, Zn 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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