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Candy Cane Cookies

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Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time 8-10 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

When I think of celebrating Christmas, I think of going to bed early on Christmas Eve and anxiously awaiting opening presents in the morning. I also think of spending time with my family in the afternoon as we eat turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables and yummy desserts. But a couple of weeks before Christmas, I enjoy a fun Holiday tradition with my mom, making Christmas cookies. This tradition has been passed down from my Nana because she baked with my mom when she was younger. Some cookies we bake are sugary, powdery snowball cookies, crispy, chewy chocolate crinkles, gingery, flavorful ginger snaps, and my favorite kind, candy cane cookies. Candy cane cookies have a peppermint and vanilla flavoring that makes them delectable treats.

Two weeks before Christmas, my mom and I searched anxiously in the brown wooden cabinets for our ingredients. We hope we have every ingredient we need, but if we don’t, we bundle up like snowmen, face the festive holiday crowd, and find the closest store we can get to. After we have all the ingredients on our list, we can begin our marathon-bake-a-thon! First, we rummage through the cabinets for dozens of supplies like bowls, wooden spoons, mixers, sifters, and measuring cups. When we finally have all our supplies, we can start to bake. I think the candy cane cookies are the hardest to make. They take the longest, and twisting the red and white dough together to make the candy cane is tiring and tedious.

It can be very hectic in the kitchen sometimes. My mom helps me with the measurements I have trouble with. For example, measuring exact amounts of peppermint or vanilla. Or, cleaning up the flour all over the counter! Different distractions get in the way. For example, when we finally start the batter, the phone rings, or the dog has to go out, or we need some joyous, cheerful Christmas music to help us with our task. No matter what happens, we get the scrumptious cookies done. The candy cane cookies are my favorite to make, but they take patience and are a lot of hard work. I bake with my mom all day. Listening, dancing, and singing to Christmas music helps the time go by. My mom likes smooth Elvis Presley songs like Silent Night and Blue Christmas, and I like faster ones like Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. After all day long, I can’t keep my patience or do any more cooking! The thought that keeps me going is that, after we are done baking, I get to enjoy the delicious, heavenly cookies.

After a long day of hard work, I think that making cookies with my mom is great because we get to spend time together. I enjoy eating the cookies we bake, but I also like giving them out too! And knowing my mom baked cookies with her mom when she was my age makes this tradition extra special.

Submitted by: "Julia B."

Ingredients You'll Need

cup of Butter
Confectioners’ sugar
one Egg
Almond Extract
Gold Medal Flour
Red Food Coloring
Crushed Peppermint Candy
1 ½ tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ cups Gold Medal Flour
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. red food coloring
½ cup crushed peppermint candy
½ cup granulated sugar


Put a cup of butter, 1 egg, the 1 tsp. vanilla, and the 1 1/2 of the almond extract in one bowl. Then, put the 2 1/2 cups of the Gold Medal Flour, the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, the 1 tsp. of salt, and the 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candy. After that, then put the 2 mixes together and mix the dough's thoroughly. Then, spread the dough in half and put the 1/2 tsp. of red food coloring in one of the dough's. (the dough's should be in separate bowls now) When done, take a handful of each of the dough (one should be red and the other should be white) and shape like a candy cane. Then, bake at 350-375 degrees.

Source: Family Recipe

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