Finally, I'm back with the 5th cookie and yes, I do realize that I'm late. But fashionably, of course.
The fifth cookie recipe is for Candy Cane Cookies. I first learned about these very festive looking cookies from my mother-in-law, who I have already mentioned is a fabulous cook. At Christmastime, she makes oodles of cookies!! And if you don't know what oodles are, just head over to her house and you find stacks and stacks of tins full of Christmas sweetness. Some of them she makes year after year, but many are new recipes that she is trying out. One that she always makes are these Candy Cane Cookies and she used to love to make them with the grandchildren when they were smaller. When we lived close to them, it was a special thing that she and Emily did together and after we moved away, all three of my kids would help her make them on the Christmases that we could be together.
It's a simple dough kind of like a sugar cookie, half of it colored red, roped together and topped with crushed peppermint. I think the kids liked making these so much because they could get their hands messy and they could snitch peppermints!
Candy Cane Cookies
- ½ c. butter
- ½ c. shortening
- 1 c. confectioner's sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ t. almond flavoring
- 1 t. vanilla flavoring
- 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t. food coloring
- ½ c. crushed peppermint candies (or candy canes) + ½ c. sugar
Mix first six ingredients thoroughly. Then blend in flour and salt.
Divide dough in half. Blend in food coloring to half of the dough.
Shape 1 teaspoon of dough from each half into a 4-inch rope.
Bake at 350˚ F. If desired, top with mixture of crushed peppermint and sugar as soon as you get them out of the oven.
They are even good for dunking in a Steamer!
16 days till my brother and his family come!