We have some leftovers here, leftover holiday food and holiday food posts too. My dear friend, A, of the Holiday Party, will be guest posting from time to time. She has a great recipe for candy cane cookies that are very cute and would probably be a kid-friendly activity. If you’re still in the holiday spirit you may enjoy making these, or just store this recipe away for next year. They just might become your classic holiday cookie recipe.
CHRISTMAS Candy Cane COOKIES!
Nothing says Christmas to me quite like Christmas cookies. I love to make them, decorate them, eat them, make them again, eat them again…I could go on forever. But there’s one particular cookie that has always stood out to me as THE symbol that Christmas is here – the Candy Cane Cookie. I remember when I was little and my mom would start making these about a week before Christmas. I was fascinated by them – how did she make these cookies that looked like candy canes, two dough colors all baked together into a candy cane shape? It seemed like magic to me, and I was sure they were Santa’s favorite (he always cleaned his plate when we left them out for him on Christmas Eve).
I now know the secret to these, and they’re actually pretty easy to make. The flavor is delicate, almond-y, almost shortbread-like. They’re not as flashy as the decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread men, no sprinkles or icing or colored sugar. But they’re still my favorite, and I can’t imagine Christmas without them.
Candy Cane Cookies
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 ½ tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. red food coloring
Mix the butter, shortening, confectioner’s sugar, egg, and almond and vanilla extracts well. Mix the flour and salt in a separate bowl. Blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture. (This will create a very firm dough, so unless you have arms like Serena Williams, you may want to use a stand mixer if you have one. Or you could just incorporate this into your Christmas workout.) Divide the dough, and add red food coloring to one half.
To shape the cookies, grab a small handful of each color of dough and roll each handful between your hands until you have about a 4-inch rope of each color. Press the ropes together and twist, then form into a candy cane shape. Put the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 9 minutes. This recipe makes about 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make them. Enjoy!