Candy cane cookies


If there’s a candy I’ll eat, it’s peppermint. So naturally I’d want to set up an arranged marriage between Cookie Joe and Candy Cane Jane, to make baby candy cane cookies, the little ‘uns that result from the tender course of poppa and mamma love.

I got this idea from a friend who had baked me an assortment of treats for Christmas last year, some of which included peppermint or candy cane cookies, and they were bomb-to-the-diggity. So this year, I decided to try baking them myself.

I must admit that I feel a bit awkward (and guilty) for stealing candy canes from my own Christmas tree. But when the tummy calls for some delicious cookies, you do what you gotta do!

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These cookies were oh so yummy! A little on the sweet end, but couple them with a glass of milk, and you’re set for a one-way trip to paradise. I couldn’t help but devour a few of them while waiting for the rest to finish basking in the oven. They say patience is a virtue; however, when it comes to cookies, nope, forget it! I’m pocketing some and running for dear life like a sassy ostrich.

Candy Cane Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Approx. 4 whole candy canes, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Crush candy canes and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix again.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix. Stir in crushed candy canes.
  5. Roll dough into balls, then roll balls in crushed candy canes.
  6. Bake for approx. 10 minutes or until bottom becomes slightly golden brown.

See original recipe here:


Note that I made a mistake during the process. Since I accidentally added the sugar to the dry ingredients, I ended up having to cream the butter on its own with the egg and the vanilla. (That’s because my mind was somersaulting to the extraterrestrial dimension, as per usual.) Also, the dough turned out a tad crumbly, so I had to refrigerate it for a while.

Generally, these cookies turned out crispy rather than soft and chewy, and it might’ve been because I overbaked them a bit. But regardless of how you like your cookies, this candy cane galore promises to be a holiday hit! Very delicious and adorable to give away as gifts.


Enjoy and happy holidays!

Beast within

To those individuals for whom I possess the utmost love and respect.

I love you and I despise you. And it’s this mocking dance between the two forces that simultaneously strengthens and weakens every inch of my being.

I see in your eyes a landscape of incessant suffering, and I ache with you, cry with you. How I wish I weren’t so soft, so tender. Because a heart that’s robed in compassion — a heart that understands — can’t help but love. But I resist and resent you all the same.

You’ve fed me and clothed me. But through your wounded love you’ve held me captive — a marionette in your shadow. Clipped my wings, shackled my feet, pierced my soul with a thousand poisonous daggers. Time and time again I would’ve chosen to stray the empty streets, than to experience such poverty of love.

I longed to run, run, run from you, like a raging, wild animal desperately craving to break free from the confines of its cage and flee its captor. Into the the wild, into the mountains, into the darkness. Somewhere, anywhere! On the brink of madness!

But in the end, I can’t help but love you so. And I wish to kiss your feet in gratitude, for in reducing me to ashes, you’ve given me the sweet gift of life.