December 1, 2008

Virtual Cookie Exchange-Candy Cane Cookies

Happy first day of December to everyone! Not only is it Cyber Monday, a great online shopping day, it's also the day of Melinda's virtual cookie swap! If you want to participate post a favorite cookie recipe and link back to her site. Then you can go to her blog and leave a link to your recipe! And be entered to win a cool Southern Living Cookie Book! Here is a fun recipe that isn't too hard but always looks great on a cookie tray. I've been making them for years. The picture is from Betty Crocker because the recipe I use is from my Betty Crocker Cookbook.

Candy Cane Cookies


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 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 and cool completely.

This recipe makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

I can't wait to see the other recipes today. Happy baking and shopping to you! :)


Melinda said...

Glad you made it back in time to participate in the cookie swap : ) Those candy cane cookies are adorable. I think my two boys would really love them. Thanks for posting!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Oh, Nummers!! These look fantastic and I bet they taste just as great!

Dee said...

i lost my knack and love of baking, but hmmm maybe I'm feeling inspired.

Zen Ventures said...

My hubby should participate in this. He's the cookie monster! I'm not much into cookies but he is! Now gimme a minute and I'll go kick his butt to get him started! lol!

Cindy said...

those look good..Mmmmmm

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

My Grandma, Sister and I make these every year, with one change...we dip part of the cookie in powder sugar frosting and then sprinkle the crushed candy canes on the frosting. yum.

Kgraham said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :). Thanks too for sharing this recipe. This is one my grandmother used to make that I would love to include in our traditions too...

Kim said...


Thanks for stopping by!

These are some of my favorite cookies to make with the kiddos...will have a great time checking out your blog!!