After last Christmas I made a vow that I'm going to turn this around and create a holiday that everyone would enjoy. I'm taking it on myself to create activities that will get everyone into the holiday spirit, including a day dedicated to making Christmas cookies. So I'm spending the summer looking for great recipes that are easy enough for children and will bring a smile to everyone else.
I've been on a roll with cookies lately, as I've documented, which is great, but none of them really say "Christmas" to me. They're crowd pleasers, but I knew I needed at least one that was a little more "holiday-y." And then I opened one of our drawers looking for a twist-tie and found a bunch of Sees peppermint sticks. Sure they're from Christmas, but does sugar really go bad? I incorporated the peppermint sticks into the shortbread cookie dough that's been working OH so well for me.
Thatboy tested them when they came out of the oven and told me they were okay, but not very pepperminty. So I decided to make a peppermint glaze and put that on top. After that they passed Thatboy's seal of approval.
Christmas in July Cookies
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 peppermint sticks
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 300. Crush 3 peppermint sticks and combine with butter, sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in electric mixer.
- Blend in flour and cornstarch.
- Form dough in 1 inch balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a glass dipped in sugar to press down and flatten balls.
- Bake 25-30 minutes and cool on wire rack.
- Combine confectioners' sugar, milk and remaining vanilla until frosting is smooth. Drizzle on top of cookies.
- Crush remaining peppermint stick sprinkle on top of frosting.