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Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

Submitted by: Kristina_Vanni

Candy Cane Christmas Cookies
2010-11-24 Desserts
4.9 74

Christmas just isn't complete without candy canes! Red and white cookie dough is twisted into candy cane shapes and then topped with crushed peppermints. It's everything wonderful about candy canes and cookies rolled up into one!

  • Servings: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

Cookies:
½ cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
½ cup Solid Shortening, crisco
1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ tsp Peppermint Extract
2½ cups All Purpose Flour
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Red Food Coloring
Topping:
¼ cup Finely Crushed Candy Canes
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 Egg White, beaten

Directions:

In large bowl of electric mixer, cream butter, shortening, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. Add extracts.

Stir together flour and salt and add gradually to creamed mixture. Beat until just combined.

Divide dough in half. Add food coloring to one half, mixing well to distribute color. Wrap each half separately in waxed paper. Refrigerate dough at least one hour.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pull off about a heaping teaspoon of each dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a five-inch long rope. Place ropes side-by-side on cookie sheet and carefully twist together to look like a candy cane. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until golden at the edges.

While cookies are baking, stir together the crushed candy canes and granulated sugar.

Remove cookies from oven, and while still on cookie sheet, brush each lightly with beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy-sugar mixture. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.