Christmas season is coming fast around the corner. Soon many of us will be busy putting up decorations and baking those special holiday cookies. I’d like to share with you a cookie recipe that Joy Stolzfus, the character in my book, An Amish Second Christmas, tried out for the sleigh ride their district held on “Second Christmas.”
Having worked many years in her parents’ bakery, she was excited to send a sample of her peppermint cookies to her cousin. But the mailed package of goodies ended up on the wrong doorstep. Joy didn’t feel exactly warm and gooey when the unintended recipient – a local cabinetmaker – sent to her his suggested changes to the recipe.
I hope you enjoy the cookies. Peppermint candies are one of my sugary downfalls. I keep a stash of them handy to eat while I’m writing, so naturally, when I started working on the Her Christmas Pen Pal novella for An Amish Second Christmas, I had to include them.
PEPPERMINT-CANDY-FROSTED SUGAR COOKIES
- 1 cup butter
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 eggs
- 3 ¾ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract, and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Fold into first mixture. Refrigerate until firm.
Roll out dough on floured surface and cut with round cutter. Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- ½ cup crushed peppermint candies
Stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Whip corn syrup and peppermint extract together until icing is smooth.
Spread over cooled cookies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.
NOTE: This recipe makes more cookies than what is shown in the picture. I don’t have an exact count because, well, I eat too much cookie dough while preparing them. (I wouldn’t recommend doing that since it does contain raw eggs, but…)
You can find this recipe and more in An Amish Second Christmas. Have a blessed Christmas season!
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth and Amish Wonders series. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Ruth resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Her next book, A Woodland Miracle will be released January 2015. When Ruth is not writing, she’s usually quilting, taking pictures, or just enjoying a peaceful walk with her Wiemaraner.
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