Peppermint Buttons Are Pretty and Festive

by Alli

Thanks to Dixie Crystals for sponsoring this post, Peppermint Buttons. All opinions are my own. 

Today is all about potlucks! Peppermint Buttons for a potluck? Yes!

Whenever we have Christmas parties at our church, we encourage everyone to bring their favorite party food. I usually take several because I can never just take one item to a gathering. 

I fondly remember the potlucks we’d have at my sweet little country childhood church when I was growing up. It seemed like mama would take enough food to feed the entire church by herself. I was blessed to attend a potluck at my home church when I visited my dad a few weeks ago. 

I would always ask mama what she was bringing so I’d make sure to grab a piece of her famous fried chicken.  She’d remind me not to ask loudly while I was going through the buffet line. Mom was also known for her delicious cornbread dressing and chicken and dumplings

At Christmas gatherings, I know I can’t show up without my Pineapple Cheese Ball. It’s always a big hit. I usually fix up a candy tray with all my favorite candies. Peppermint Buttons are a perfect addition to the candy tray. 

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Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Peppermint Buttons (full printable recipe card down below!)

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Pure peppermint extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • Red Gel food coloring
  • Whole milk


  • Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers

Tips on Making Peppermint Buttons

Peppermint Buttons are so cute and are really easy to make. Plus, these buttons are festive and delicious.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Beat cream cheese and a cup of powdered sugar until creamy. Add peppermint extract and red food coloring.


Mix until smooth. Gradually, mix in the remaining powdered sugar.

Add Remaining Sugar to Dough

Scoop out a teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball. Flatten slightly. 


Use the back of a teaspoon or your thumb to make indentions. 


Chill overnight. The next day, melt the white chocolate wafers in the microwave, in 45-second increments. Spoon the chocolate in the center of the cookies. Allow the chocolate to harden. 



Yield: 20

Peppermint Buttons


Peppermint Buttons are so pretty and festive. These little buttons are perfect for your next holiday gathering.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 5 cups powdered sugar (I always use Dixie Crystals)
  • 3-5 drops Red Gel food coloring
  • 1-3 teaspoons whole milk


  • 1 cup Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers


  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Mix in the peppermint extract and red food coloring. Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar.
  4. If the dough is too thick, mix in 1-3 teaspoons of milk to soften the dough.
  5. Scoop out 1 teaspoon of the dough and roll into a ball.
  6. Use the back of a teaspoon or your thumb to make an indention in the dough. Repeat steps, until all the dough has been used.
  7. Place into the fridge overnight.
  8. Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate melting wafers in increments of 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spoon the chocolate into the center of the cookies. Allow the chocolate to harden. Enjoy!

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Erlene November 29, 2019 - 6:10 am

These are so festive looking! I’ll probably be in charge of bringing Christmas desserts to our next family gathering and I’m putting this on my list. Love the pretty red color. Pinned.

Beverly November 29, 2019 - 8:58 am

I love these! I’ve made peppermint patties, but adding the vanilla to the middle is such a fun idea, making them look so festive! I’m putting this on my to make list for Christmas this year.

Cherryl Ehlenburg November 29, 2019 - 12:35 pm

I love Christmas cookies! I think it’s my favorite part of the holiday season!

Marie November 29, 2019 - 4:23 pm

These sound delicious and they look so festive too. We’re hosting our annual sleigh ride potluck this year and I may just make these for the dessert table. Pinned


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