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Monday
Nov162009

Candy Stripes: Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

Candy Cane Cookies
CakeSpy Note: Too early for Christmas cookies? No such thing. And so even though it's before Thanksgiving, Christmas Cookie madness has already begun  here!

As much fun as it is to mess with recipes, sometimes you just can't mess with perfection. Such is the case with the candy cane cookies from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book , a recipe which I've been making for years. Aside from the fact that I take an all-butter rather than part shortening route, not once have I strayed from the original recipe, and not once have I been let down. They're easy to make, unmistakably festive for the holidays, and very delicious.
Candy Cane Cookies


Candy Cane Cookies
-makes about 4 dozen -

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • red food coloring

Procedure
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix butter, sugar, egg, and flavorings thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting; mix flour and salt; stir into the wet mixture.
  3. Divide dough in half; blend red food coloring into one half.
  4. Roll a 4-inch strip from each color. For smooth, even strips, roll them back and forth on a lightly floured board. Place strips side by side, press lightly together and twist like rope. For best results, complete cookies one at a time--if all the dough of one color is shaped first, strips become too dry to twist. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top down to form the handle of the candy cane. Note: If you want a variation, you can also place strips side by side and roll them into a spiral and affix small triangles of white dough on either end, to have the look of starlight mints like in the picture on the top of this post!
  5. Bake about 9 minutes, until lightly browned. While still warm, remove from baking sheet with spatula; if desired, sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and/or crushed candy canes.

Reader Comments (16)

I was glad to see that it calls for almond flavoring instead of peppermint. I like somethings peppermint flavored, but cookies just aren't one of them. Cute cookies. It's just not the holidays without cooking at least one of the old standbys.

November 16 | Unregistered CommenterLovey

haven't visited in awhile, so i'm going to be poring over backposts! these are so fun for the holidays!

November 17 | Unregistered Commenterjoanh

it's been so long since I've hand a candy cane cookie - I should make some this year. Also, I agree - never too early - I have to plan!

November 17 | Unregistered Commenterlauren haupt

I swear I start looking for Christmas cookies at the start of the year. I love planning my cookie trays. These look like a perfect addition to any cookie tray...yum!

November 17 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Can NOT go wrong with a classic.

November 17 | Unregistered CommenterEB

My mom and I made these every holiday when I was a kid - yay Christmas!!

November 17 | Unregistered CommenterjustJENN

ooo you know what would be good? use peppermint extract and then dip part of the cookie in white chocolate. mmmmm
ive always wanted to make these but they seem like a lot of work. they are so cute though!

November 17 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Oh, my Mom used to make these! Time to veganize.

So cute! I love cookies. Cookies cookies cookies! :)

November 18 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

We have these every year. They are a household favorite!

November 18 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

My mom dusts them with a combination of crushed candy canes and sugar. That's when they're truly finished.

November 18 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Miss Nomad

We're on the third generation of making candy cane cookies every Christmas! :) I've never seen the little peppermint candy cookie though-SO CUTE!

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I made these today and found them somewhat disappointing, the dough was really hard to work with! and I definitely didn't get 4 dozen from it. The almond flavor is nice but they are not sweet, and they are dry and crumbly, that combined with the length of time it took to roll them all out made them not worth the trouble. They look really pretty though!
December 19 | Unregistered CommenterMeg
I've been making this cookies for 35 years. It's not Christmas without them!!!!
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