Monday, December 21, 2009

12 Days of Treats - Day Ten!

I saw these cookies over at OuR KrAzy kItChEn and thought they'd be a perfect, fun addition to the 12 days of treats. I added some almond extract in (just bc I've been looking for an excuse to add some in somewhere) but feel free to make these without it for a more butter/sugar cookie taste. You could also use peppermint extract as Martha mentioned.

Candy Cane Cookies
1 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional - green)

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, and sugar.Beat in the egg and extract. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover or wrap dough and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (or use parchment paper). Divide dough into halves. Color one half red by mixing in the food color (green for some too if you want).Roll a tablespoon of each dough into a rope about 3 inches long. Place side by side and pinch the ends of the dough together. Twist colors together like a rope and curve the end like a cane. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.

Check out the rest of the 12 Days of Baking Ideas here!


~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

These look great and I love the almond extract addition. I know Martha will love that you made her cookies. Thank you for sharing your versions with the KRAZy KitCheN Christmas party.

Courtney said...

I make these every year! I love them. Yum