Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Peppermint Sugar Cookies topped with a fluffy buttercream frosting makes the perfect holiday dessert! Soft and chewy sugar cookies are coupled with peppermint-infused baking chips and frosting that is topped with holiday sprinkles, coarse sugar, and more peppermint goodness.

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If you’re looking for something a little different and a lot festive this holiday season, then look no further than these delicious cookies! They combine simple sugar cookie dough with peppermint baking chips and a buttercream frosting to create a delicious holiday treat loaded with festive, classic seasonal flavor. They make a great addition to your next holiday party or family gathering.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These delicious cookies start with classic, simple sugar cookie dough. Then, I fold in peppermint baking chips for a blast of holiday flavor. Finally, I gild the lily with rich, buttercream frosting in a festive holiday color and top it with more peppermint chips. What I end up with are cookies that are just as holly jolly as they are delicious. The best part is that they’re really no more difficult to make than regular sugar cookies. Yay!

A wire rack with a dozen and a half of peppermint cookies with buttercream frosting on it.

Why You’ll Love These Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • They’re super easy to make and use simple ingredients that are easily found at your local grocery store. And, these cookies are made without eggs.
  • They are pillowy and soft and loaded with peppermint chips that are perfect for the holiday.
  • They’re just as delicious as the Swig cookies that inspired them.
  • They’re slathered with a delicious buttercream frosting, sprinkles, coarse sugar, and even more peppermint baking chips!


  • For the best cookie texture, do not overmix your dough. Mix the ingredients until just combined.
  • Use gel food coloring to achieve the most vibrant frosting color.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven as soon as the edges begin to brown a bit. DO NOT overbake them.


  • Omit the peppermint chips for a traditional sugar cookie perfect for any occasion.
  • For a bit of crunch, add crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy canes, instead of peppermint chips.
  • You can use store-bought buttercream frosting if you like.

What to Serve with Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These delicious cookies are perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. They also make the perfect addition to any holiday dessert table. They can really go with just about anything.

A close up of two peppermint sugar cookies on a wire rack.

Recipe FAQ

How can I spice up my sugar cookies?

Try adding any of the following to plain sugar cookies to give them a boost of flavor.

  • Extracts
  • Baking chips
  • Toffee bits
  • Citrus zest
  • Nuts

Should sugar cookies be soft or crispy?

Sugar cookies should be soft and chewy. However, some people prefer crispy cookies. To achieve crispy sugar cookies, simply bake them a bit longer.

How long will peppermint sugar cookies last?

These cookies will last for up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can you freeze homemade sugar cookies?

You sure can as long as they’re not frosted. Place them in single layers separated by wax paper in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 3 months.

How to Store Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For longer storage, bake the cookies but don’t frost them. Then freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

A horizontal photo of peppermint sugar cookies with a bite taken out of one of them.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies Ingredients

It only takes a few basic baking ingredients to make these delicious cookies. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter, softened
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sour cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

Buttercream Frosting

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Holiday sprinkles
  • Coarse sugar
A close up of a sugar cookie with frosting with a bite out of it.

How to Make Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Making these cookies is a very straightforward process. It’s really just making simple sugar cookies and an equally simple buttercream frosting. Easy peasy.

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.

Step 2: Combine the Dry Cookie Ingredients

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

Step 3: Combine the Wet Cookie Ingredients

Beat softened butter, oil, and sour cream for 1 minute in a large bowl. Then, add the sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Step 4: Make the Dough

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix on low speed until just combined. Then, fold in the peppermint baking chips.

Step 5: Bake

Use a 2-inch cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet. Leave the rough-looking edges. Flatten each cookie a bit with the bottom of a glass and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.

Step 6: Cool

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 7: Make the Frosting

Cream the butter, milk, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. Add the gel coloring and stir. Add more gel to achieve your desired color intensity.

Step 8: Frost

Top the cooled cookies with a generous amount of frosting. Then, top with coarse sugar, sprinkles, and more baking chips. Let the frosting set and enjoy!

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Try These Delicious Peppermint Sugar Cookies Today

These tasty peppermint sugar cookies are so easy to make, I do mean try them today! They’re loaded with so much holiday flavor that everyone will be begging for more of them no matter where you serve them. And you’ll be happy to oblige because these are so easy to make. Give them a try, and I guarantee you’ll love them.

A three collage photo of peppermint sugar cookies.

More Delicious Sugar Cookie Recipes

Christmas Cookies – This cookie recipe has been in the family for over 40 years. Even though my kids are grown, we still get together and make our sugar cookies. It’s a Christmas tradition. These cookies are so easy to make and are so delicious!

Chocolate Frosted Sugar Cookies – These chocolate cookies are so soft and chewy, and frosted with a creamy, decadent chocolate frosting and topped with candied sprinkles.

Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies – Imagine biting into one of the softest cookies ever with a delicious lemon cream cheese buttercream frosting. Absolutely delicious and a family favorite lemon cookie recipe. 

And, here is a Sugar Cookies recipe, from Deliciously Seasoned, that you will enjoy as well.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

These delicious soft and chewy peppermint sugar cookies are a Copycat Swig Cookie recipe. They are absolutely incredible and are the perfect holiday cookie for the holidays.

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 40 mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 36 Cookies

Calories 225 kcal


Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 ounce Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

Buttercream Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Holiday sprinkles
  • Coarse sugar


Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, beat butter, oil and sour cream together on medium speed using an electric mixer, or a stand mixer, for one minute.

  • Add sugar, almond extract and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

  • Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix on low speed just until dough forms a ball. Next, stir in the peppermint baking chips.

  • Using a two-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheet. Leave the rough looking edges.

  • Spray the bottom of a glass with non-stick cooking spray and flatten each cookie a bit to produce even more of the jagged edges.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned.

  • Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting

  • In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, milk and vanilla together. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.

  • Add gel coloring, stir, and add additional food coloring to get desired results.

  • Once cookies have cooled completely, frost cookies with a generous amount of frosting, then sprinkle with coarse sugar, add more peppermint baking chips or crushed candy canes and holiday sprinkles.

  • Let the frosting setup then place cookies in a container for storing and place parchment paper in between the layers.


Nutritional values are approximate.


Please note that these values can change with different brands and any modifications made to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements.

My neighbors, Kendra and Matt, brought us over some cookies they made. They were absolutely delicious. I knew I needed to find this recipe because these cookies are so scrumptious and I just had to share it with all of you. The next day, Kendra sent me the info from the blog she made the cookies from. A Bountiful Kitchen. These cookies are one of the most delicious cookies I have ever eaten. I used my own buttercream frosting recipe. You just have to try these. These are out of this world delicious!
Recipe adapted from A Bountiful Kitchen


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 199IUCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Keyword Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Cookie Exchange, Copycat Swig Cookie Recipe, Peppermint Sugar Cookies

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