Monday, December 21, 2009

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy cane cookies=mom:) As far back as I can remember these candy cane cookies have been part of every Christmas! My mom made the same four cookie varieties every Christmas: butterballs, magic cookie bars, chocolate oatmeal and candy cane. My favorite Christmas cookie was (and still is) the candy cane! She would start them weeks before, put them(layered in between wax paper) in a big box, and store them in the locked freezer in the garage. All ready for Christmas:) The problem with that, was that we(the kids) all knew where the key to the freezer was, and it was very accessible:) So every year when my mom went to retrieve the Christmas cookies from the freezer, the box was half empty! My mom never seemed to mind though, and she was not one to let things slide. In retrospect, perhaps that was all part of her make an overabundance of cookies so that her kids could sneak out to the garage and stealthily swipe some...all part of the annual Christmas fun! :)
Mom has been gone now for many years, but I make her candy cane cookies every Christmas!

Candy Cane Cookies
Bake at 375 degrees

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening together with the powd. sugar and then add egg, vanilla and almond extract.

To creamed mixture add 2 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt.

Divide dough in half. Blend one half with red food coloring. Make dough into rolled strips(about 5") and twist together one white and one red. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Shape into candy canes. Bake about 9 min. or until lightly browned. You may sprinkle a mixture of peppermint(crushed) and sugar while still warm if you'd like.



  1. Sue, I have got difficulties in finding christmas cane candies here in Bangkok, maybe this great candy cane cookies would be an excellent replacement! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  2. very cute, love it hanging off the mug. How cute!

  3. I felt as if I were missing something with my morning coffee after looking at this. I love tradition - especially when it's so cute!

  4. Thanks for posting the recipe! Me and Karaline are going to make them right now : )

  5. Summer and Karaline, I'm so happy to hear that you are keeping the tradition alive:) Have fun! Love you! XOXO

  6. These cookies are so adorable! I have seen these cookies pop up all over the internet and feel the need to make them. They are just so cute...and tasty I'm sure too :)

  7. I love love these too!!! My mom used to make them every year and I make them now, too. I love the photo hanging off the mug, so cute and really makes me wish I had one right now. :-)

  8. I loved the sweet story of your mom and stolen cookies! We make these cookies every year as well. Do you ever have trouble making them into canes? or does your dough work well? I'm going to compare our recipes. Love, love you post!

  9. These cookies are so adorable!!thank you for sharing these beauties :).
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  10. Sue, all of your holiday baking looks yummy AND beautiful!! Love these cookies and love that your stunning sugar cookies were ordered in bulk! Smart company, they knew where to get the best cookies! Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

  11. This brought tears to my eyes. My mom passed away 20 years ago but she used to make these candy cane cookies and pecan butterballs too...two of my favorites. Thanks for reminding me of this sweet memory.