Peppermint Meltaways

I think this recipe for Peppermint Meltaways is the perfect way to start off this special time of year. They’re super soft and full of peppermint flavor.

Do you love peppermint cookies? Be sure to try my Peppermint Sugar Cookies and Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies also. Tell me which is your favorite!

Soft peppermint meltaways on plate
All Things Peppermint

Christmas means a lot of different things to different people. To me, amongst many other things, it means PEPPERMINT everything. Peppermint cocoa, Peppermint popcorn, Peppermint brownies… Add peppermint into any dessert recipe, and I promise, it’ll feel like Christmas time to you too!

I think today’s recipe for Peppermint Melt Aways is the perfect way to start off this special time of year. They’re super soft and are full of peppermint flavor. And true to its title, they magically melt away in your mouth – just like Cotton Candy!! Try them and tell me it doesn’t feel a bit magical 🙂

Christmas Peppermint Melt-Away Cookies

What are Meltaway Cookies?

These cookies are a soft, shortbread-butter cookie that literally melts away in your mouth. And this particular recipe is peppermint-flavored making them perfect for Christmas!

To make these peppermint meltaway cookies, combine butter, powdered sugar and peppermint extract. Beat until creamy. Then, add flour and cornstarch and beat util low until it is mixed well. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.

Shape dough into 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls. Place onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Top it all off with a homemade peppermint glaze by mixing powdered sugar, butter, milk, peppermint extract and food coloring. This glaze can be drizzled over the cookies and topped with sprinkles or crushed candy canes.

How long do these cookies last? Store in an air-tight container, these cookie should last 4-5 days.

Peppermint Meltaway Cookies on plate

These Christmas melt away cookies are like cotton candy melting in your mouth! I know you’ll love them. 🙂

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How To Make Peppermint Meltaways [Video]

Peppermint Meltaway Cookie Recipe

4.58 from 7 votes
Soft and butter-y Peppermint Melt Aways! This holiday cookie is delicious and melts in your mouth and has a peppermint glaze, topped with crushed candy canes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 74 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2-3 drops food coloring red, if deisred
  • candy canes or hard peppermint candy, crushed


  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon peppermint extract. Beat until creamy, scraping down sides of bowl. Add flour and cornstarch; beat on low until well mixed. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 60 minutes.

  2. Shape rounded tbs of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1-2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then remove to cooling rack to cool completely.
  3. For glaze, in a small bowl, combine 1½ cups powdered sugar, 2 TB butter, ¼ tsp peppermint extract and milk (enough to reach desired consistency). Mix in for coloring. Drizzle over cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed candy.

Adapted from Land O Lakes


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I need to measure the days in church days instead of weeks, then my kids will realize how close it is!! Love your peppermint melt aways!! So festive and adding to our cookie list this year. 🙂

  2. My first batch stayed in ball shape…by the looks of yours they shouldn’t do that! I flattened out the second batch but just wondering why they would stay in ball shape when baking? Very good cookies still 🙂

  3. I’ve never had meltaways before and I love peppermint! I’m gonna have to try these. I’m wondering if the soft puffed peppermint candies would be better (to my taste)for topping though but since I don’t know what the cookies taste like as is I’m hesistant to change anything first time baking.

  4. 3 stars
    I decided on this recipe for a cookie exchange. Given the amount it says it would make, i **doubled** the recipe to be sure i had 60 cookies. I only got 43 🙁 so I had to make another batch. I was using a 1 Tbsp. Measuring sPoon. Also, i expected the cookie to be a little softer and not as coarse. Taste is fine, but i think a touch more of peppermint in the dough would help give them more Flavor.