As peppermint is one of the flavors of the season, and pairs perfectly with chocolate (which is my favorite), I’ve been using it a lot. I didn’t quite realize how much until my husband asked me to stop making peppermint stuff because he wanted to be able to eat something I baked! So I decided to make something that looks like a candy cane but would be vanilla, my husband’s favorite flavor, to make up for all the peppermint I’ve been baking. The fun part about these cookies is that they look candy canes! It’s pretty easy to make them and I hope you enjoy. I was inspired by tablespoon‘s recipe. (Cupcake recipe to follow)
For the vanilla candy cane cookies (about 16) you need:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup powdered sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
red food coloring
1/4 cup sugar
Add the 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix, starting low and getting to high, until light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.
Add 1 egg, 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix on low until combined. Add in the all purpose flour, 1 cup, 1 cup, and then 1/2 cup mixing on low in between each addition until just combined.
Then take out half and mix on low adding red food die until you like the color.
Put each half of the dough covered in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and take the dough out of the fridge. Take a small amount from white dough and roll it into a log about 2.5″ long and then do the same thing with the red dough.
Then put the two pieces together.
Twist the piece of dough and then hook it so it looks like a candy cane. Do this with all of the dough and put it in the oven for 10 minutes, more or less depending on your oven.
Once the cookies are done sprinkle sugar over the top.
These are now ready to eat and make everyone happy! These cookies got rave reviews, they are super buttery and crisp. A perfect vanilla cookie if I do say so myself. Remember to always live and let’s create!