It’s December 1st, Kids!
Here’s a cookie that will make you think of Santa and stockings, Rudolph and the Heat Miser, Ralphie and Randy and Red Ryder BB Guns, It’s a Wonderful Life and Mary loving George Bailey ’til the day he dies, and John Tilbrook in For Your Eyes Only saying George Bailey’s line from It’s a Wonderful Life, “This is a very interesting situation!”
Well, that’s what these cookies make me think of. I have a hard time with these cookies because, for some reason, and it may be the butter, I cannot eat just one or two. No, no. I have to eat about 15, one right after the other. if I make them, I double the recipe so I can down 30 in a row with an entire 8 cup pot of coffee.
Candy Cane Cookies from the Betty Crocker Cookie Book (1963)
Oven to 375F/190C
- 1 cup butter 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla (or ¼ tsp peppermint essence)
- ½ tsp salt 2 ½ cups flour
- red food coloring
- ¼ cup sugar** 1 cup crushed candy canes**
Cream together the butter, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift in flour and salt in separate bowl and add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half and colour one half red.
Roll a teaspoon of each coloured dough into a 4inch long strip and then lightly press two strips together and twist them like a rope.
Place onto ungreased cookie sheet and curve the top down to look like a candy cane.
Bake about 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
While still warm, remove from baking sheet. col on wire racks.
*sprinkle with sugar and candy cane mixture if you like after removing from oven.
I DARE YOU to eat just one. Drink with your favourite coffee.