Peppermint Swirls

Peppermint Swirls

  • 30 Minutes Prep1 Hour 10 Minutes Total
  • 48 Servings
  • 60 Calories per Serving
Twisting ropes of colored dough is the secret to peppermint-swirled buttery cookies.

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food color
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour. Divide dough in half. Stir peppermint extract and food color into one half of dough. Divide each color of dough in half.
  2. Shape each piece of dough on generously floured surface into rope, 12 inches long. Place 2 ropes, 1 red and 1 white, side by side. Twist ropes. Repeat with remaining 2 pieces of dough.
  3. Cut twisted ropes into 1/2-inch pieces; shape each into ball. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 1/4-inch thickness with greased bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar.
  4. Bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool.


  • Paste icing colors give the brightest colors. Decrease the amount of liquid food color to about half when using icing color. For this recipe, use 1/8 teaspoon paste icing color, adding it to the dough with a toothpick.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 4g 0%, Saturated Fat 2g 0%, Cholesterol 10mg 0%, Sodium 25mg 0%, Potassium NC*, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin E 0%, Thiamin 0%, Riboflavin 0%, Niacin 0%, Vitamin B6 0%, Folic Acid 0%, Vitamin B12 0%, Pantothenic Acid 0%, Phosphorus 0%, Magnesium 0%, Zinc 0%, Selenium 0%, Copper 0%, Manganese 0%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 60, Calories from Fat 35, Trans Fat NC*, Monounsaturated Fat NC*, Polyunsaturated Fat NC*, Total Carbohydrate 5g, Soluble Fiber NC*, Insoluble Fiber NC*, Sugars NC*, Protein 1g, Beta-Carotene NC*, Omega-3 NC*, Carbohydrate Choice 0, Starch 0, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 1/2, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 1/2

* NC indicates a nutritional value has not been calculated, which is typically due to either insufficient nutritional data for an ingredient or an incomplete analysis.