Usually I reach for my recipe box for old family favorites or Martha Stewart’s 2010 Christmas cookie magazine special (totally awesome, best selection ever!) but I saw these in last week’s Washington Post and fell in love.
When I pulled these out of the oven, they looked really fugly and I was concerned. Unless it is a sugar cookie decorated by your apple-cheeked 6-year-old niece, there is no place for ugly cookies at Christmas.
Standards people, get some. 😉
Drizzling these with some peppermint glaze really helped perk the cookies up.
My only complaint with this recipe is the dough is very crumbly- almost like there is too much flour. I would take out 1/3 cup or so next time.
Overall the mint flavor was awesome and the cookie was sweet and chewy, I will make them again!
Russian Mint Cookies
For the cookies
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tsp peppermint extract (or more to taste)
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
For the glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- food coloring of choice
- 4 tbl heavy cream
For the cookies: Combine the sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in the peppermint extract and egg.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 baking sheets with nonstick cooking oil spray.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the cooled syrup mixture. Roll teaspoons of dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Transfer the balls to the prepared baking sheets. Use the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten the balls just slightly.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, just until the cookies are slightly golden and the tops have cracked a little.
While the cookies are baking, prepare the glaze: Combine the confectioners’ sugar, peppermint extract, food coloring, if using, and enough of the cream to create a thin glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies while they’re still on the baking sheets. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.