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!
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
- Crush candy canes and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix again.
- 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.
- Roll dough into balls, then roll balls in crushed candy canes.
- Bake for approx. 10 minutes or until bottom becomes slightly golden brown.
See original recipe here: http://www.laurenslatest.com/candy-cane-crinkles/
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!