Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Cookie Monster - Candy Cane Cookies

Last week I shared some christmas trees with an almond twist, this week I have some fun candy canes to share with you.  These are a basic/plain sugar cookie recipe with a fun little twist.  Again, this recipe is a really old one from my grandma.  My mom always struggled to twist the dough together, but it's really pretty simple - give it a try!
Candy Cane Cookie
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cupe shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.  Cream shortening and suger together until light and fluffy (see below)

Add eggs, one at a time
 Stir in vanilla and milk. Beat well.    
 Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
 Divide dough in half and add a few drops or red food coloring to one half of dough
Wrap each half of dough in waxed paper and chill for about 2 hours (or overnight).  When chilled, pinch of pieces of dough and roll each into rope-like strips 4-6 inches long and 1/2 inch thick.  Lay a red and white strip next to each other and twist the two strips together.  Then bend on end to resemble a cane.  Place on greased cookied sheet.
Bake at 375' for 8-10 minutes.  Cool thoroughly on rack.
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