Candy Cane Cookies

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Candy Cane Cookies

Photo by Cafe Kim

Every holiday when we were little, my mom would enlist my sister and I to help her make these cute candy cane cookies. We had a blast rolling "snakes" and "worms" with the red and white peppermint-scented dough before she twisted them together. Now that I'm an adult, I realized why she always made us help her—these are a lot of work! But look how pretty...

 

Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup confection sugar                            

1 egg                                                       

1 tsp. vanilla extract                               

3/4 teaspoon peppermint

2 1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

In large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, cream butter, shortening, sugar and egg until light and fluffy. Add extracts. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture and continue beating just until combined. Divide in half. Add food coloring to one half and mix well. Wrap each half in waxed paper (plastic wrap is fine too) and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to  375 degrees. Grease (Pam spray is fine) 2 large cookie sheets. Pull off about 1 teaspoon of each dough. On lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 5-inch long rope. Place ropes side by side on sheet and carefully twist together; shape to form a candy cane. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 9 to 10 min. or until a little golden at the edges. (Do not overcook----bottoms will burn). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To Freeze: Wrap well; label, date and freeze up to 3 months.

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islan... islandwalker

I remember these, too!  My Grandma made them, and I loved them, but totally forgot about them...thanks for the memories, AND the recipe!puppy

Kax_M... Kax_Magik

I am so glad that i am not the only thinking of doing these this Christmas. My son is 4 so i thought he would have fun rolling the 'snakes' too Thanks so much for the recipe..i found one on bettycrocker.com too..but i bet u'rs is better :)

Have a great day

Kax

janie... janie1973bon

Thank you so much for recipe.They are just perfect to make with kids.tasty too!

tweet... tweetyfan

a couple of years ago is the first time i have ever seen them . My daughters friend made them for us .. Thanks for the recipe ...

Peajewel Peajewel

See, just another reason why I love the DailyBuzz!  I have been looking for this recipe and have only been able to find ones with crushed up pieces of candy cane.  I am so making these!   Thank  you!

bigbl... bigblueeyes

i made these for the first time last year....i used a recipe from one of my aunts.....her's calls for crushing peppermint candies/candy canes and sprinkling it on top as they come out of the oven....her recipe also calls for almond extract as opposed to vanilla.....they were really good and a lot of fun!

sstepph sstepph

I remember making those! Now I am hungry for them!

Carey... Carey2006

Very cute!

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