Candy Cane Cookies

I’m cooking these this Thursday and thought I’d type it up here. Mom found this recipe in a Southern Living cookbook, attributed to Mrs. HS Wright from Charlotte, NC. I’ve made it off and on at Christmas for years, with some modifications.

Candy Cane Cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermints (not in original recipe)
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 1/3 cup crushed peppermints
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Original directions:

  1. Cream shortening and butter in large mixing bowl.
  2. Add next 6 ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide dough in 1/2, add food coloring to one portion.
  4. Make candy canes and place on greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 for 9 minutes or edges begin to brown.
  6. Combine 1/3 cup crushed peppermints and sugar and sprinkle on warm cookies.
  7. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes or edges begin to brown.

Casey’s version:

  1. Cream shortening and butter in large mixing bowl.
  2. Add next 6 ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide dough in 1/2, add food coloring and 1/4 cup crushed peppermints to one portion.
  4. Mix 1/3 cup crushed peppermints and sugar in a bowl.
  5. Take a bit of each colored dough and form marbleized balls.
  6. Roll dough balls in crushed peppermint and sugar and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes or edges begin to brown.

Yields about 4 dozen cookies. As you can tell, my version has a bit more peppermint and a lot less work. The candy cane forms tend to cook unevenly and burn on the edges, not to mention they tend to break and are time consuming to make.

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