Prep 1 hr
Cook 9 mins
What could be more festive than cookies at Christmas shaped like candy canes and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy?! Another holiday tradition...(Prep time includes time to roll and shape cookies)
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, softened
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red food coloring
- 1⁄2 cup crushed peppermint candy (like candy canes!)
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- Heat oven to 375°.
- Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, powdered sugar, egg and flavorings.
- Blend in flour and salt.
- Divide dough in half; blend in red food coloring into one half.
- Shape one teaspoon dough from each half into 4 inch rope.
- For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board.
- Place ropes side-by-side.
- Press together lightly and twist.
- Complete cookies one at a time.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet.
- Curve top down to from handle of cane.
- Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown.
- Mix crushed candy and granulated sugar.
- Immediately sprinkle warm cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet.
We love these cookies which always bring back happy Christmas memories. We have never had anything but fun while forming the candy cane shapes. The cookies are somewhat fragile once baked so would not be a good choice for holiday shipping. My recipe differs a little bit from this one in that it calls for 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extracts (no almond extract) along with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Also there is only 1/4 cup sugar in the topping which easily adheres to the cookies while they are still warm on their baking trays. Just brush an egg white whisked with a little water onto them before sprinkling on the topping mixture.
Far more trouble than they were worth! I'm an experienced baker, in fact I just made a wedding cake last weekend, but these cookies were LABOR-INTENSIVE. Each one had to be meticulously shaped, the dough kept breaking -- I tried to do "starlight mints" like one reviewer suggested -- a disaster. And then, they had such a bland flavor. I would also recommend crushing the candy canes to a powder or they won't adhere. All in all, too much trouble for this busy mom, sorry. (And if you love the recipe, I don't mean to offend! It just didn't work for ME)
I found that the taste of these was good, however, there was no way that I was going to be able to roll them into ropes to make the canes. The dough was very dry and crumbly. I followed the recipe exactly substituting peppermint extract for the almond extract, so I'm not sure what went wrong.