Everyone has favorite Christmas cookies that make the holiday season extra special for them, and I’m no exception. Besides baking at home with my mom and sister, I often had the opportunity to spend time in the kitchen with my Grandma and my Aunts. There’s something about Christmas cookies that I’ve noticed over the years – they aren’t as easy to make as “regular” cookies. Most of my Christmas cookie recipes are just a bit more involved than plopping dough on a pan and baking it. I’ve decided that this labor of love and the aroma of memories is why the Christmas season is an extra special time.
I’ve been talking about creating some baking videos, and my favorite Christmas cookie seemed like a good place to start! These Candy Cane Cookies are tender, almond flavored shortbread that is colored and shaped to look like candy canes. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that have peppermint in them, but we NEVER used mint in our cookies! That is so wrong to me! I mean, I get that it looks like a candy cane which is minty, but for some reason my family didn’t add mint, so you shouldn’t either. 😉
Watch the short video above and see how easy these are or follow the recipe below, and let me know what you think! And then bake, taste, enjoy!
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond flavoring
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- red food coloring
- Blend shortening, butter, sugar, egg, and flavoring.
- Stir in flour and salt until smooth.
- Divide dough in half, and color one part red.
- On a floured surface, roll about 1 TB of each color into a 6" long strip.
- Place strips side by side and twist together to form a candy cane.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- You can substitute all shortening or all butter, but this blend is easier to work with.
- Of course if you are crazy, you can substitute peppermint flavoring, too.