Peppermint Swirl Sugar Cookies

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the abundance of holiday baking happening everywhere. It seems like everyone embraces their inner baker during the holidays… homemade cookies, fudge, candy and more are coming out of kitchens everywhere. As someone who loves to give and receive gifts of food, this time of year makes me really happy.

When I shared the Tie-Dyed Sugar Cookie Recipe on Dine & Dish, I knew then I wanted to create something for the holidays using the same method. I pictured swirly red and white dough and a hit of peppermint flavor, all wrapped up in one soft and chewy cookie.

Photo by Kristen of Dine & Dish

Just like the Tie-Dyed Sugar Cookies, Peppermint Swirl Sugar Cookies can be made with the help of the entire family. The kids love to dye and layer the dough and delight at seeing the result of their work in a tasty cookie!

This type of festive holiday cookie is a unique addition to any cookie platter or holiday gift for friends and loved ones. There’s nothing quite better than a gift of food, made by the whole family, given to someone you love!

Photo by Kristen of Dine & Dish

Peppermint Swirl Sugar Cookies

A festive and beautiful peppermint flavored holiday sugar cookie.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 109kcal


  • 1 batch sugar cookie dough
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
  • 3 drops red food colouring


  • In a medium bowl, knead peppermint extract into sugar cookie dough. Once well combined, place half of the dough into a separate bowl.
  • Add red food coloring to one half of the cookie dough. Stir and knead until dough is a vibrant shade of red.
  • Pinch off pieces of dough, alternating between red and non-dyed pieces, and layer in a log shape on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Roll up in the parchment paper, in log form, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Once chilled, remove the dough from parchment paper and slice into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 350°F preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit on the baking sheet for 2 minutes.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool before serving.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 7g


What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

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Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time.

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  1. *Love*! These could not be any more perfect. And festive. And delicious-looking.

    But darn you for adding one more cookie to my list … I’m never going to have enough time for all of these! 😉

  2. These are so festive looking! Now I just need to find a good gluten free sugar cookie recipe…

  3. I love your site and all the creative ideas and recipes!

  4. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    5 stars
    Okay, so Aimee just pointed out that we’ve both posted peppermint based cookies today. I definitely want to dip yours in chocolate like I did mine, or you know – simply shovel them in my face at top speed. They look great!

  5. 5 stars
    Such a great idea! I agree everyone seems to be baking this month!


  6. These look very yummy…we will be baking into the new year with all the great recipes around- thank goodness that we can give some away 🙂

    • That’s the best thing about holiday baking – you get to sample all the goods but there are plenty of people willing to take the extras off your hands!

  7. They look cute! I need to find some non artificial coloring to make it work for our family.

    • Let me know if you find some. I have a friend with a red dye sensitivity and I’d love to give her an alternative to use.

  8. 5 stars
    These looks so yummy. Thank you, as always Kristen! 🙂

  9. I sure have enjoyed your Holiday series. lmc

  10. I love peppermint in sweets. Someone just told me you could dissolve a small candy cane in hot chocolate. I bet that would taste great with your cookies!

  11. These are totally adorable! And what a pretty pop of colour they’re sure to add to any cookie platter this holiday.

  12. We made ours though a little less expertly and decided due to the colors (lime, blue, pink and what was supposed to be bronze) and inexpert shaping to call them “Suess Hat Cookies”. They’re a hit here!

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