12 Days of Cookies! Day 5: Candy Cane Cookies

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

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Ingredients:
Cookie:
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter softened
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract
¼ tsp salt
1 large egg
3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
Red food coloring

Sprinkles:
2 tbsp crushed peppermint candies
2 tbsp sugar

Directions:
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

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12 Days of Cookies! Day 3: Lemon Sugar Cookies

These cookies were the first cookie with citrus that I had ever made. I have mentioned before that my love of lemons is something new for me. I have made these numerous times over the last 6 months, but baking with citrus was a bit nerve racking for me at first. I had to really start with the basics the first time I made these, truly I didn’t even know how to zest a lemon! It had been by pure chance that I had picked out a lemon zester a couple of weeks prior to the first batch. Thankfully there is the internet to look things up when you are unsure of how to do something, I got onto YouTube and found this video in case you are wondering as well. The recipe calls for both baking soda and baking powder, the first time I made this I only had baking soda and it turned out fine. The second time I did what the original recipe calls for (1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp baking powder) but the cookies came out super flat. Now I just make them with only baking soda, I may have done something wrong, not sure about that…

Recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod

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Lemon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
2 ¾ cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 large egg
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
zest of 2 lemons
½ cup sugar, to roll the cookies in

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Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a small bowl mix lemon zest, lemon juice, egg and vanilla extract. In a medium bowl mix all other ingredients except the ½ cup of sugar for rolling. Mix until combined and slowly add the lemon mixture.
3. Roll rounded tbsp of dough in the sugar and place on cookie sheet

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4. Bake 8-10 minutes (mine are normally cooked 6-8 minutes).

The Rest of the cookie days:
Day 1: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Day 2: Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Day 4: Birthday Cookies
Day 5: Candy Cane 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