Soft and chewy peppermint cookies with cream cheese frosting. With a gluten-free option.
You know what I really love about this time of year? All the parties! I see them as opportunities to bake and share loads of cookies. I’m happy, the hosts are happy, and the guests certainly don’t seem to mind all the cookies, either.
One of my favorite flavors around Christmas is peppermint. I’m not really into candy canes but peppermint extract? I can’t get enough of it.
I recently posted these chocolate peppermint cookies but I wanted to make another version without the chocolate, basically as a carrier for cream cheese frosting.
Cookies are definitely my favorite holiday treat, especially when they’re covered in cream cheese frosting! There’s just something about them that I can’t resist.
These cookies are delicious with just the cream cheese frosting but they’re admittedly not very festive looking. So to top them off, I used chopped candy canes and Christmas sprinkles. A little red or green food coloring in the frosting would also look nice!
The only thing is that if you add the candy canes or sprinkles while the frosting is still very soft, they’ll bleed. To prevent that, just chill the frosted cookies for about 20 minutes before decorating.
I also tried out a mint chocolate ganache version for those of you who don’t like cream cheese. As someone who would happily live off of cream cheese frosting, I much preferred that version, but the ganache alternative is tasty, too!
One thing you’ll want to pay attention to is the peppermint extract. I ran out of peppermint extract, found some mint extract (which I bought not realizing it was different than peppermint) in my pantry and don’t recommend using it in these cookies. It’s more spearminty than pepperminty. It’s just kind of odd.
You can make these cookies with all-purpose flour or with gluten-free flour. The two versions are equally delicious and nobody will miss the gluten!
For another mint chocolate treat, try this mint chocolate tart, which can also be made gluten-free or with all-purpose flour. It’s super easy, rich and an elegant end to a holiday meal.
Want to make this dough ahead so you can bake these up before a party? Try my tips for how to freeze cookie dough!