Friday, December 12, 2008

Candy Cane Cookies

This cute recipe comes from Betty Crocker. These are sure to be a kid pleaser! Since these take a little time to roll and twist the dough, get the kids to help out. What I found to be helpful was to roll 3 balls of each color together to 8", this will make them bigger and easier to twist. Roll them on a clean lightly floured surface, not in your hands or they will melt and stick. To get the candy to stick, take the cookies out of them oven 1 minute early and sprinkle them, then place back in the oven for a minute. *I just saw a couple more tips on these cookies from Delish: Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush before twisting the two colored ropes together. Chill 20 minutes before baking to help the cookies maintain their shape.

These are also part of Susan's Christmas cookie blog event. Check out the submissions so far!

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food color
2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
2 tablespoons sugar

Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside.

For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.

Bake about 9 minutes or until set. *Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

you can see the little ones compared to the bigger ones

50 million teaspoon size balls of dough

while rolling and twisting, my little one was sticking spoons in my back pockets! lol

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12 Lovely Comments:

EAT! said...

I have always wanted to make these cookies. We had Betty Crocker's Cookie Cook Book while I was growing up, and I would stare at the pictures of the cookies for hours. Thanks for the happy memories.

RecipeGirl said...

I tried these once and they didn't turn out very well. Fun to do with the kids though!

HoneyB said...

Rachelle they look great! I love how you have them presented!

I remember making these as a young girl. Kids love this kind of thing!

Anonymous said...

these are just adorable! and the crushed peppermint on top is a great idea :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Could this post be any cuter? Seriously, Rachelle. I can just imagine the big smile on your little one's after eating a big candy cane cookie! And I love them on the tree--how festive!

Chrystina said...

These are great cookies but mine never looked that yummy! So are we getting Christmas cookies instead of cards?

Elle said...

You know what? You can *never* have enough spoons in your back pockets. ;)

I love these, and especially love that they have peppermint extract in them, so they're not just a pretty sugar cookie!

David Lee said...

Woow.. what a design. This is i am looking first time. I wanna make it.

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