Sunday, December 19, 2010

Candy Cane Cookies

Yes, yet ANOTHER Christmas cookie. What can I say, it's only days away and we love Holidays sweets in this house. Hubby has mentioned his Mom making candy cane cookies, when he was growing up, so I wanted to bring back a childhood memory for him.

I found these in an old (1971) Betty Crocker's cookbook. I'm so happy to have such and old (I can say old, since it's older than me, LOL) cookbook. I guard it with my life and love reading it, just to see what types of cuisine was popular back then.

The cookies are very delicious. Making them was literally a pain in the rear, but I adapted my method and kept on going. I'm not quite sure why, but the dough kept crumbling every time I tried to roll it. So after trying to make 4 candy canes the way the recipe stated, I decided to sandwich red dough between 2 pieces of white though and then roll. My candy canes are more psychedelic than they are meant to be, but the kids really didn't care, LOL. Also this whole sprinkle with sugar and crushed candy canes, after removing from oven, was pointless. The candy just fell off. So for the last batch I pulled the cookies out 2 mins early, added the candy and returned them in the oven for 2 minutes. This worked much better.

Regardless all the small hook ups I encountered, seeing the excitement and joy on Mr.B and Queenie's faces was worth all the aggravation, LOL.


Candy Cane Cookies
Adapted from Betty Crocker's All Time Favorites (1971)

1/2 C butter or margarine,softened
1/2 C shortening
1 C powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1/2 C crushed candy canes
1/2 C sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, powdered sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Divide the dough in half and blend food color into one half.

For each candy cane, shape 1 tsp dough from each half into a 4-inch rope. Place ropes side by side and press together lightly; twist. Placed on a greased baking sheet and curve top of each twist to form the handle of the cane.

Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown. Mix candy canes and sugar; sprinkle on the hot cookies and remove from baking sheet.


This recipe is being entered in EatInEatOut's 3rd Annual Christmas in July Cookie Contest

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Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
Your cookies are adorable and the recipe looks very good. Thank you for sharing your recipe and you have a great week!

Brenda said...

Cindy, you have far more patience than me, lol! These look wonderful, what a good Mom you are. Thank you so much for sharing with Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy the rest of your day (it's snowing here in Toronto - so pretty!).