Two years ago while I was volunteering in my city I baked cookies for the families that we visited, this was one of the cookies I had made. I got this recipe from a book my mom has had for longer than I’m sure she’d care to admit, but the classics are tried and true! Since then I always make these during the holiday season. If you don’t know that there is peppermint in them it comes as a surprise at the end of eating the cookie, especially since they just look like a sugar cookie. This is a little different so not everybody may love them, but I like them and they are fun to make and are very festive looking!
Candy Cane Cookies
2 tbsp crushed peppermint candies
2 tbsp sugar
1. Beat together; sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint and egg in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half, in one half stir in the red food coloring and refrigerate both halves for about 4 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For each candy cane shape use on rounded tsp of dough from each half of the dough and roll into 4 inch ropes. Place one red and one while rope side by side, press together slightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve the top of the cookie down to form the handle of the cane. I did some like that, but others I didn’t curve the top and just make candy cane sticks.
3. Bake 7-9 minutes. While baking mix the crushed candies and sugar together, I put the sugar and broke a candy cane or two into pieces and mixed them in a small blender. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately transfer to a cooling rack; sprinkle sugar mixture on top of the cookies. For easy clean up I placed a paper towel under the rack so any extra sugar/candy cane could easily be cleaned up.
12 days of cookies!
Day 1: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Day 2: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Day 3: Lemon Sugar Cookies
Day 4: Birthday Cookies
Day 6: Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
Day 7: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Day 8: Creamsicle Cookies
Day 9: Classic Spritz Cookies
Day 10: Peppermint Chocolate Chip
Day 11: Gingerbread Cookies
Day 12: Peppermint Kiss Cookies