Prep 35 mins
Cook 12 mins
Plan ahead...needs to chill. Guests will have a merry time munching these mild mint cookies. The cute crunchy canes are easy to form once you color the dough--just roll into ropes and twist together.
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- green food coloring
- red food coloring
- In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars.
- Beat in milk, egg and extracts.
- Gradually add flour and salt.
- Set aside half of the dough.
- Divide remaining dough in half; add green food coloring to one portion and red food coloring to the other.
- Wrap dough separately in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
- Roll ½ teaspoonfuls of each color of dough in to 3-inch ropes.
- Place each green rope next to a white rope; press together gently and twist.
- Repeat with red ropes and remaining white ropes.
- Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Curve one end, forming a cane.
- Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until set.
- Cool for 2 minutes; carefully remove to wire racks.
- (Recipe courtesy: Taste of Home's Quick Cooking Magazine).
I've been making these for years but couldn't quite get them right - then I used this recipe and they turned out perfect! I also used a thin confectioners sugar-milk-mint glaze and dusted them with crushed candy canes :-) A really great recipe.
Although time consuming, these were wonderful! Took to a cookie exchange and they were a big hit! I did deviate from the directions a little, I didn't add the extracts until AFTER everything was mixed and then once I had my dough and it was split into 2 colors I added the mint to only one color and the vanilla to the other. My kids like mint but this way it was not overbearing the cookie. Some people said just right others said could use a little more(and I doubled the receipe but not the extract). Once I had my system down I was cranking out cookies like a well oiled machine! Thanks, great receipe!
I have made these for Christmas one year using a recipe very similar to this one. Of course the cookies tasted great, but they were a little tedious to make, and they were also too delicate to put into cookie baskets. The idea is great, though, and if you are planning on serving them on a platter, or you don't mind if they get a little broken up, these cookies are very good. :)