Makes: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 8-10 min
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
⅔ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2-3 drops red food coloring
Granulated sugar, optional
Chocolate almond bark or other melting chocolate
Crushed peppermint or candy canes
In a large bowl, beat the butter until fluffy . Add sugar and salt and beat until well combined and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Gradually add the flour and beat until well combined.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
Add food coloring and peppermint extract to basic cookie dough and mix very well. Roll into balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down each cookie ball using a flat bottom glass dipped in water. Sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar if desired.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edge are set and slightly golden brown. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Crush peppermint in a resealable bag using a rolling pin. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Dip edge of cookie into chocolate and immediately add crushed peppermint.