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I have two parties in the next week to attend, and one is specifically a dessert party where we’re asked to bring our favorite holiday dessert.  The other is being thrown by my boss and her husband. They have a FABULOUS holiday party every year, and we try to make it (although I think we couldn’t last year for some reason….)  We always have a blast, and I thought it’d be fun to take along a batch of my favorite holiday cookies to each party!

So, of course I had to call my mom and ask her for her recipe for Peppermint Cookies….little did I know this recipe actually comes from her mother-in-law, my step-father’s mom.

I don’t have any pictures right now, because I haven’t made a batch in years, but at least I can pass on the super simple recipe for anyone who’s stuck in the snow, at home this weekend, or just wants a treat for themselves or their friends and family!


(My mom writes):

Hi Honey:  Here is “Grandma Ginny’s” Peppermint cookies’ recipe (FROM MEMORY ??) – I will double check it when I get home tonight and if any corrections are needed I will give you a call – okay?
1 cup butter – softened
1 cup powedered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla -OR- 1 tsp EACH vanilla and peppermint extract – this is the way I make them
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1/2 – 3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy (I used 3/4 cups this year as Mike thought the 1/2 cup last year was not enough) (about 20 of the Brach’s round candys = 1/2 cup; and I used 30 which was about 3/4 cup) (Put all 30 in a quart-size freezer zip lock bag and pound with a hammer to crush!!)
Cream butter and sugar together
Add salt, vanilla/peppermint extracts
Add flour
Add quick oats
Add crushed peppermint candy
It’s a pretty stiff dough but I mixed it all with my rubber spatula.
Take a small spoonful and shape/roll between palms to make a ball about the size of a walnut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  Put a little powdered sugar in a small saucer; dip the bottom of a glass into the powdered sugar and press each ball of dough flat – don’t press too hard, just enough to flatten; they will spread and thin out as they cook.
They only cook for about 8 minutes; I think the baking temperature is 350 degrees – guess I will have to call you on that; if it’s not 350 then it’s 325.
So that’s that!! Will talk to you later honey. Love, Mom

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