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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Braided Candy Cane Cookie Recipe

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon green food coloring

Using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, cream the butter. Continue beating and gradually add the sugar.
Beat in the egg until evenly mixed, then add the vanilla extract, the peppermint extract, and the salt and blend well.
Use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour, one third at a time, until evenly mixed.
Divide the dough into thirds. Add the red food coloring to one third and the green food coloring to another, then knead the coloring into the dough. Flatten each third into a K-inch-thick rectangle, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
Heat the oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll a pair of tablespoon-size pieces of contrasting colored dough into 8-inch-long ropes. Twist them together, pinch the ends, then bend the cookies into a candy cane shape. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet until set but not brown, about 10 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Cool the sheets on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to continue cooling.

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  1. Aww these are adorable! I'm always looking for something new to bake at home!

  2. looks so good i got to try these kids will love them

  3. Cookies! Christmas! life is good. Ditching my weight loss goal for the next few days. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Looks so good and colorful. Perfect for Christmas.

  5. he braided cookie canes look so cute and colourful. Perfect for the festive season.

  6. These cookies would make the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer during the holiday season! Love the added peppermint to make them taste like regular candy canes- so fun!

  7. These sound amazing! I love Christmas themed desserts! Perfect for the holiday season.

  8. Holiday baking is one of my favorite things. I love the candy cane cookies...they are so festive and kids really like them!


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