This Junior Mint Cookies Recipe is a cute Cookie with a heart shape that comes out like shortbread, and they have the perfect amount of dryness and buttery goodness!
This Junior Mints Valentine Shortbread Cookies Recipe is just perfect with coffee as a special Valentine’s Day treat for yourself or loved ones.
The heart shaped Junior Mints are the Valentine’s Day edition – you should pick some up even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because they are just so cute!
This easy Valentine’s Shortbread Cookie was inspired by my Frosted Chocolate Heart Cookies Recipe that I made a while ago, and is a great dessert after having this Valentine’s Day Pasta Recipes for Two.
Here are the ingredients you need to gather to get started making this Junior Mint Cookies Recipe:
Keep in mind, all of the specific ingredient amounts that you will need are in the printable recipe card below.
- Butter, softened
- Powdered sugar
- Peppermint extract
- Egg yolk
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Red Red Color
- All Purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Valentine Junior Mints
How to Make this Junior Mint Cookies Recipe
This is quite an Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert to make, and can be customized to suite any holiday!
Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, egg yolk and color paste in a mixing bowl
Beat on medium speed for about a minute. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
Roll dough into teaspoon size balls and place onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until set and lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from oven and let set for 2 minutes.
Place one Junior Mint candy on the cookie and gently press into the center.
Hint: If you aren’t able to find the Valentine’s Day Edition heart shaped Junior Mints in your local stores, you can easily find it on Amazon.com!
If you can’t find – or don’t want to use – the heart shaped Junior Mints candies, you can use the regular Junior Mints or simply leave the Junior Mints out altogether and just have a pink peppermint-flavored shortbread cookie.
- Saint Patrick’s Day Variation – instead of using red food coloring, use green and then use the regular Junior Mints to make this a Saint Patrick’s Day Shortbread Cookie!
- Easter Variation – You can use pink, purple, blue or yellow food coloring to make this fun shortbread cookie for Easter!
- Christmas Variation – Just like with the Saint Patrick’s Day idea, use green food coloring and make this a Christmas shortbread cookie!
If you love shortbread cookies, then check out this White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Recipe on my website!
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. Make sure to use parchment paper so that the cookies don’t burn.
How to Store this Junior Mint Cookies Recipe for Valentine’s Day
You can these Junior Mint Cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days before they get stale.
I recommend using a dessert stand so that your cookies are on display and you don’t forget to eat them! Plus, I just love the way it looks, having a gorgeous sweet treat right there on the kitchen counter or table.
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Junior Mint Cookies Recipe
- 1 Baking sheet
- 1 Parchment Paper
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 egg yolk
- Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Red Red Color
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 box Valentine Junior Mints
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract, egg yolk and color paste in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed for about a minute. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
- Roll dough into teaspoon size balls and place onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until set and lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from oven and let set for 2 minutes. Place one Junior Mint candy on the cookie and gently press into the center.
- Let cool completely before serving.
- Makes 18 cookies.