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The Joy of Cookies

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A selection of readers’ favorite Christmas cookie recipes tested by the Times.


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Snow-Topped Mint Bars

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9- by 13-inch baking pan.
Cream butter and sugar until light colored and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add 1 cup flour, mix well, then add milk. Incorporate remaining cup of flour. Beat well for 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in crushed peppermint and pour into prepared pan. Bake in center of oven 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool completely, then sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into bars. Makes about 3 dozen.
Source: Gale Rust, Sun City Center

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