Holidays 101: Baking and decorating batches and batches of sugary cookies shaped like reindeer and stars and snowmen and Christmas trees is absolutely mandatory. If you can't produce a few dozen, you're basically the Grinch. Oh, and this is definitely supposed to be a kid-friendly kitchen activity! Otherwise you might as well put coal in their stockings.
Except anyone who's ever tried to show a 4-year-old how to use a rolling pin knows what an exercise in frustration this activity can be: My dough won't get flat! My reindeer's legs fell off!
Hey, wasn't this supposed to be fun?
The great thing about these candy cane cookies is that they actually are fun to make with kids, basically because they're almost impossible to mess up (no matter what you do, they come out looking like candy canes). Plus they don't require the use of a rolling pin!
I loved making these with my mom as a kid, and hopefully my kids will feel the same way when we try out this recipe next week. (One tip: If your kids aren't crazy about mint, leave out the peppermint extract.)
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