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Monday, December 20, 2021

Peppermint-Vanilla Swirl Cookies

I've been busy with Christmas prep this week. I wanted to show you some cookies that I made, improvising one of my mother's recipes for chocolate-vanilla swirl cookies. It's a refrigerator cookie dough. You mix the dough, form into a log or block, chill, then slice and bake.

After making the basic vanilla dough, instead of making one half chocolate flavored, I added red gel food coloring and several drops of peppermint oil to the non-white batch. 

I can't say how much peppermint I used, maybe 7 drops, until I thought it tasted good and minty without being overly so.

These peppermint-vanilla swirl cookies will go into the stack of tins that I gift to my son and daughter-in-law each Christmas, as a way to share what I'm baking for the rest of the family.

I hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. Those are so pretty and I bet they taste great. Next I think you should make some chocolate peppermint swirls. It's hard to beat the peppermint-chocolate combination. I'll have to remember the idea for one of the rare times I bake.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      I agree -- chocolate and peppermint are a winning combination! I do mock Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies to get my chocolate-peppermint fix. Those are super easy, using Ritz-style crackers, chocolate. chips, peppermint oil, and a little bit of Crisco shortening.

      Have a great day, Live and Learn!

    2. I was thinking along the same lines! My son dislikes mint so I wouldn't be able to make these cookies but I'd sure eat one if it was available!

    3. Hi Kris,
      I'm a peppermint lover, so these are right up my ally. But I definitely understand that not everyone loves peppermint to the extent that I do.

      Merry Christmas, Kris!

  2. What a beautiful presentation those cookies make. Merry Christmas!

    1. That you, Ruthie! I hope you and your family had a merry Christmas!


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