Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pepermint Candy Canes!

I looove Christmas time!  You'll might have noticed my absence on here lately - probably because I was decking the halls or something else extremely festive!  Nonetheless, I have been baking and here is the proof!

 What you'll need:

1/3 c. soft butter
1/2 c. sugar
1 & 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 tea. salt
Almond bark
1/4 c. shortening
1 egg
1/4 tea. baking powder
1 tea. peppermint or mint extract

1. Beat butter, shortening, and sugar 'til fluffy. Beat in the egg.
2. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and extract until mixed.
3. Pipe cookie dough into the shape of a cane...or use a cookie press.  I used a plastic bag with a corner cut off to pipe the dough, and that was not fun!  I highly recommend a cookie press!!!

4. Bake at 375F for 5-7 minutes
5. Allow to completely cool

6. Melt bark in a sandwich bag, cut off a very small corner and pipe stripes on the canes.
* For a super festive look add red food coloring to the cookie dough! *