Monday, December 22, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: family favorites

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I have mentioned repeatedly that, in my house, the red Betty Crocker cookbook is pretty much the go-to cookie bible. The recipes in it are tried and true, and almost never fail (occasional failures due to baker error, not the recipe!) - my mom has been using the same recipes for over 30 years, and I've been helping for over 25 years. Now, those same recipes are the ones I use in my house, and will pass on to my kiddos, eventually!

This Christmas classic is a family favorite. It is a bit of a labor of love, and we don't make them so much anymore because they are time-consuming - but they were always a top request from my sister and I when we were little, and my mom always indulged us. They are delicious!

Candy Cane Cookies
from Betty Crocker
Makes 4 dozen cookies (or so!)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. 
  2. Heat oven to 375ºF. 
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside. 
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. 
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

1 comment :

Ladybug Blessings said...

Oh these cookies look so yummy!! I may try to make these for my sister's Christmas Eve party. Have a very Merry Christmas!