Grandma’s Peppermint Puff Cookies

I share many treats and desserts on my blog, but it’s the family recipes that I look forward to sharing the most. Growing up, I lived in the same town for many years as my extended family, so we all became very close. Holiday gatherings have always featured trays of desserts. As me and my siblings and cousins got older, the responsibility to bring the treats to family holidays shifted to us. Often, I bring my own creations, but occasionally I love baking a childhood recipe!


These peppermint puff cookies are one of the delicious cookies that always made their way onto the holiday cookie platter, thanks to my maternal grandma, who I am so fortunate to still have in my life. They’re so deceivingly delicious!

The crunchy sugar coating (that gets an extra crunch from whipped egg whites) makes you *think* you will be biting into a crunchy cookie. Then you get to the center—the soft, buttery peppermint center! Oh my word.

The single chocolate chip gives just the right amount of sweetness to these cookies, without overtaking the peppermint flavor! I love that I was able to find these red and green chocolate chip morsels, and I sure hope grandma will approve of my deviant nature. I’m pretty sure when she sees these cookies on this year’s holiday cookie platter, she will be delighted, especially since she didn’t have to make them!

I am so thankful that my children are blessed to have their great-grandma in their lives as well. I tell them stories of all the great treats she made through my childhood years! They are so fortunate to have this time to learn about another generation, and to someday be able to pass these stories on to their own children.

Hopefully they will pass on these great recipes as well!

Grandma’s Peppermint Puff Cookies

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies

Soft, buttery peppermint cookies topped with a crunchy sugar coating! Make these for your next holiday cookie platter!


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, divided
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 3-4 dozen semi sweet chocolate morsels


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Beat until creamy. Add in egg YOLK. Slowly add flour and crushed candy canes. Mixture will be VERY crumbly at this point.
  2. Taking about 2 tablespoons of CRUMBS, press in palm of hand to shape into a 1" ball. Repeat for remaining dough.
  3. In small bowl, whip egg whites for about 30 seconds until foamy. Put remaining 3/4 cup sugar in a separate bowl.
  4. Dip each ball into egg whites comletely coating, then letting the excess drip off. Then roll in sugar carefully. Lay cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Press a chocolate chip onto the top gently (it will adhere during the cooking).
  5. Bake cookies in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and cool 10 minutes on pan before transferring to a wire rack. The bottoms will have extra egg white crisps that you can break off when you transfer to the rack. Cool completely. Store cookies in air tight container for one week. ENJOY

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40 Responses to “Grandma’s Peppermint Puff Cookies”

  1. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Family recipes are always so great :)

    These cookies look super Christmas-y and extra yummy!

    • posted Dec 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Kayle- family recipes are definitely something to treasure!

  2. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love family recipes. :) And the egg white/sugar coating is something I’ve never heard of! I love that it gives it a crunchy outside with a chewy middle. Thanks for sharing!

    • posted Dec 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      I forget what a nice texture it gives these cookies…I’m thinking of trying it out on another variety!! It’s so good!

  3. Liz
    posted Dec 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Grandmas’s recipes are always the best but they never taste as good if they weren’t made by her. I always say she must have left out her secret ingredient!

  4. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Love these Aimee! I am addicted to anything and everything peppermint. :) And it makes them even better that they are your grandma’s recipe!

    • posted Dec 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      I have a slight addiction to peppermint myself…more peppermint treats are still coming soon to the blog! Glad we share that :)

  5. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I love that you’re able to share this recipe with your children and that as you make them, they know the person they represent. Great future memories in the making!

  6. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Oh now these look so good! Thanks for sharing! I am bookmarking!

  7. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    How nice that you have shared your grandma’s recipe! And the way to described these cookies is just amazing, makes me want them 😀

  8. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Love that you made your gram’s cookies and they look so delicate and remind me of something my grandma would have made!

  9. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Your cookies are always so cute!

  10. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Family recipes are the best! Mmmm, cookies sounds amazing right now.

  11. posted Dec 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing your grandma’s recipe! I will be trying it this weekend, they sound perfect! Pinning!

    • posted Dec 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Enjoy Kris,
      Remember…this bears repeating…when reading the instructions, and I say mixture will be crumbly…mixture WILL be crumbly. Just press it in the palm of your hand and the butter will bring it all back together!!! ENJOY!!!

  12. Liz
    posted Dec 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    What a beautiful family!! I’m going to bake one of my grandmother’s cookie recipes next week…don’t you just love continuing a family tradition???

  13. posted Dec 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Oh my word. I bet these are amazing! I love biting into cookies that are crunchy on the outside, but little fluffy pillows of goodness on the inside!

    • posted Dec 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I just love biting into cookies. Period. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. posted Dec 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    These look SO yummy, girl! I love family recipes and I absolutely am loving the tender, puffiness of these peppermint cookies! And your fam is beautiful, btw. Your oldest daughter looks like you to a T!

    • posted Dec 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      I won’t tell her you said that, haha, not sure how she would take it! but thank you, because I think SHE is gorgeous :)

  15. Ceil Garrison
    posted Dec 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Can these be frozen. I would like to make for gifts.

    • posted Dec 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I have frozen them, however, the texture does change. The crispness of the exterior part of the cookie becomes more soft. Tastes great still, but definitely changes the texture!

  16. posted Dec 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I am loving that crisp sugar coating on the outside and I love that you make your Grandma’s cookies ever year. Aren’t family recipes the best? So many memories associated with them:-) Love love love the picture of your munchkins with your cute Grandma!!!

    • posted Dec 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      My kids love their Great-Grandma, and thanks to the gorgeous weather over Thanksgiving, we were able to snap this quick picture! Hope Gram likes it too, cause she’s getting it in a frame for Christmas!

  17. posted Dec 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I love getting to make my Grandma’s recipes and share them with my family. Unfortunately my son was very young when both of the passed, so he didn’t know them. But he will know their recipes!

  18. posted Dec 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    What a sweet story! And these cookies look so amazing. I can actually imagine what they must taste like and I’m dying for a REAL bite!

  19. Michelle
    posted Dec 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

    This is exactly the type of cookie that I’ve been searching for! Thank you for sharing and thank you to Pinterest for leading me to you!

  20. posted Dec 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Grandma’s recipes are definitely the best–and I’m loving how puffy and perfect these look. It’s so fabulous that your children have the opportunity to build these memories with their great-grandmother!

  21. Chris
    posted Dec 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Do you think it would work if I used peppermint bark in lieu of chocolate morsels/candy canes?

    • posted Dec 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      I think it would change the consistency for sure. You can experiment though and give it a try! Let me know what you do!

  22. posted Dec 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

    My favorite recipes and posts are also those that share family stories and recipes. I am going to make these for sure–I have been looking for a peppermint cookie to add to my tins, and these look perfect. Plus I love that the recipe is someone’s grandma’s. 😀

  23. Vicki
    posted Dec 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Hi,before I make these is the store for one week part of the recipe to cure cookies or are you saying they can only be stored a week. Sorry not much of a cook and want to be sure so I can impress family!

  24. posted Dec 14, 2012 at 1:23 am

    i noticed when i print a recipe there is no picture of the said recipe. Is there an option to print a picture? If not would it be possible sometime in the near future? I came across your site a few weeks ago and its, you, are absolutely amazing. I do like a picture with my recipe so i know what it is to looks like. Thank you for your time…

  25. Marg
    posted Nov 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I have been making these cookies for over 15 years. I found them on Mrs. Clause kitchen. But I press a CHRISTMAS green and red M&M alternating colour on top of each
    I love this cookie and only make them at Christmas. Thank you.

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  27. Andrea
    posted Dec 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Just put my first batch in the oven. They look great and were fairly easy to throw together. However, using two tablespoons of dough per cookie, I only got 17 cookies.

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