Festive Peppermint Refrigerator Cookies

Festive Peppermint Refrigerator Cookies
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Recipe for Peppermint Refrigerator Cookies. These are particularly festive for the holiday season.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, plain or butter flavored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint hard candy
  • Optional:
  • red and green food coloring
  • colored sugar to decorate the edges


  1. Combine flour and baking soda in small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy -- about 3 minutes. beat in the egg, milk, extract and crushed candy until well combines. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually mix in flour mixture, mixing until just combined -- do not overmix.
  3. Gather dough and divide it in half. If desired, use food coloring to dye half the dough red (or pink) the other half green.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough into a cylinder about 8 inches long. If desired, roll each cylinder to coat the edges in colored sugar (again, I used red and green) -- this gives the edges of the cookies some crunch and it looks nice. Wrap each cylinder in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (You can also freeze the dough at this point and bake it at a later date).
  5. Makes About 60 Cookies To bake:
  6. Preheat oven to 375° F. Use a long sharp knife to cut each cylinder into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet, a couple of inches apart and bake until lightly browned -- about 8-10 minutes, or until just barely starting to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.