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Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies start with an easy, 3-ingredient cookie recipe. Then topped with a chocolate frosting and crushed candy canes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, frosted, peppermint, shortbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 40

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 4 sticks butter (1 cup) room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour scooped not spooned & leveled

Frosting

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter (1/2 stick) melted & cooled
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper & set aside.
  3. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl & mix until completely combined
  4. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface
  5. Cut shapes using your favorite cookie cutters - or go classic with the round.
  6. Transfer to prepared baking sheets.
  7. Poke with a fork to prevent cookies from losing their shape
  8. Bake 20 minutes or until light, golden brown
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool

Frosting

  1. Place confectioners sugar in a bowl, whisk in butter & cocoa powder.
  2. Add milk & vanilla & whisk well
  3. Spoon onto the tops of cookies
  4. Add crushed candy canes before the frosting hardens