My favorite Christmas Cookie are the Candy Cane Cookies. Of course they are one of the harder ones to make and the break but I still love them. The the 2nd place winner goes to SPRITZ.
Conversation topic of the week for kids: What is your favorite Christmas Cookie? How many Christmas cookies do you think you eat at Christmas time?
Conversation topic of the week for Adults: What is your favorite Christmas Cookie? How many cookies do you make? Did your Mom make Christmas cookies? Share some of your favorite the recipes.
Conversation Topic of the week for Teens: What is your favorite Christmas Cookie? Do you make or decorate Christmas cookies? Have your best friends over for a Christmas cookie baking party.
I always double the recipe!!
Candy Cane Cookies
2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (120 grams) confectioners sugar(powdered or icing)
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon red liquid food coloring (can use red paste food coloring)
In a bowl whisk flour with salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and almond extracts and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture, in three additions, and beat until you have a smooth dough.
Remove half of the dough from the mixing bowl. To the remaining half add the red food coloring and beat on low speed until well blended. If you find the dough too soft, cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
Take a walnut sized piece of red dough and a walnut sized piece of white dough. Separately, roll each color on a lightly floured surface, into a 4-5 inch (10-12.5 cm) long rope. Place the two ropes side by side, gently press together, and twist the two ropes to form a spiral. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Shape each cookie into a cane shape by bending one end into a hook shape. (If you find the cookies a little soft, place the baking sheet (with the unbaked cookies) in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before baking.)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven.
Bake cookies for about 8 -10 minutes or until set and the edges of the cookies are just starting to brown. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cookies cool completely on baking sheet. Cover and store in an air tight container for about a week. These cookies can be frozen.
Makes about 30 cookies.
Adapted from the Joy of Baking!
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