Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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These cookies were a holiday tradition in my family since I was a young child. Now my own family requests them before any others at Christmas.—Patricia Schmeling
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup peppermint candy, crushed
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; mix the food coloring into one half. Cover and refrigerate both doughs for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape 1 teaspoon plain dough into a 4-in. rope. Shape 1 teaspoon red dough into a 4-in. rope. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased baking sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. Repeat with remaining plain and red dough, placing 2 in. apart on baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-9 minutes or until set. Combine the crushed candy and sugar; sprinkle warm cookies with candy mixture. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
TEST KITCHEN TIP: Patricia likes small Christmas cookies, so she uses 1/2 teaspoon each of white and red dough to make the candy canes. Finely crushed peppermint candy adheres well to the warm cookies.
Originally published as Candy Cane Cookies in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p297

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