Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Sharing our favorite buttercream frosting recipe today!  My Peppermint Buttercream Frosting is great eaten with a spoon or used for cupcakes, cookies and graham crackers.

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Buttercream Frosting

Use this buttery sweet frosting for your favorite cakes, sandwiched in cookies, over cupcakes and on graham crackers. Nom Nom Nom 🙂

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Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Start with 2 sticks of softened butter. That’s always a good way to start something 🙂  Please use the whisk attachment. I caught that a little late, ha!

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Powdered sugar up next.

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Just about ready to mix.

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Add about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or 2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Mix, mix, mix! Love my little helper.

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Time for the cookies!

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Pax was a willing helper today 🙂

Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream
Now, this is the way I like to enjoy my buttercream…sandwiched in between 2 Thin Mints. Enjoy!

Tips For Making The Best Buttercream

  1. Use an electric stand mixer or hand mixer. Use the whisk attachment on your stand mixer to incorporate all of the air into your frosting.
  2. The most important tip is to have soft butter. Leave your butter out at room temperature for a few hours for best results.
  3. Turn your mixer on a medium high speed and beat the butter for 5-8 minutes. Butter should be light and fluffy before you add in any sugar.
  4. Once your butter is pale and light, add in your sugar spoonful by spoonful.
  5. When all of your sugar is added in, add in vanilla extract and a splash of milk.  Turn mixer back on high speed and let everything incorporate.
Peppermint Thin Mint Buttercream

Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

This Peppermint Buttercream Frosting is perfect for cupcakes, cookies, and cakes, but so delicious you'll want to eat it with a spoon!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 2 sticks softened butter unsalted
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil or 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 10 Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies crushed


  • Place butter into stand mixer and beat until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, peppermint and crushed Thin Mints. Beat until combined, but be cautious to not over mix. Remove and store in an airtight container for up to 7-10 days. If you refrigerate, thaw to room temperature before using.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Keywords: buttercream frosting recipe, buttercream icing recipe, cupcake frosting recipe

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28 Responses
  1. Darra Varlas

    I’ll be trying this with the peppermint extract! For those who are not familiar with EOs, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not ingest them, and also research the use of peppermint on children under 6. They are not safe, we dont even keep it in the house for that reason. Thank you for the recipes!

  2. Kristen

    This seriously looks AMAZING! And your little boy is so sweet! I love having little helpers in the kitchen!

  3. mira

    Thin mints are my favorite GS cookies and this buttercream looks amazing! Pinned to try it!

  4. Natalie | Paper & Birch

    Not sure it would make it on anything because I would eat that straight outta the bowl!

  5. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I just got my Girl Scout Cookies delivered last night. I can’t wait to try this.

  6. FoodCrafters

    Neat! Mint & choc is always a winner, especially when it comes in such a creamy form!

  7. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    This is brilliant!! Now I’m thinking of all the other fun things you could crush up and put into buttercream 🙂 the possibilities are endless!

  8. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

    What a cutie you have! Thin mints are my boys’ favorite Girl Scout cookies – what a fun idea!

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    This is absolutely brilliant! There is so much I could do with this buttercream.

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