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Healthier Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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Candy cane cookies made with stone ground flour and natural food colouring are festive and delicious.

Candy cane cookies
 

The magic of Christmas candy…

Candy canes are my favourite Christmas candy. They’re not my favourite to eat but I love the festive look if them; the shape, the colour, the peppermint smell. 

I still remember the first time mom arrived home with jumbo candy canes. As fat around as a garden hose they were the stuff of our dreams, like something out of The Land of Sweets. I doubt they were all eaten up — the idea of eating them was what held such appeal.

That’s the thing about old-fashioned Christmas candy. Like barley toys and ribbon candy, it looks so magical and festive but doesn’t get eaten until all of the chocolates are gone.

Holiday baking ideas…

For eating, Christmas cookies are my preferred holiday treat, especially if they have a texture that leans towards a shortbread. These cookies have that magical texture and aren’t too sweet plus they’re pretty on a plate.

My mom discovered this recipe for candy cane cookies decades ago, in a magazine. The original recipe called for half butter, half shortening. I prefer all butter, but suit yourself.

Rethinking food dyes…

When it comes to food colouring look for all natural vegetable-based dyes. Regular food dyes are toxic, especially the colour red. Or you can make your own food dyes.

That’s the thing about old-fashioned Christmas candy. Like barley toys and ribbon candy, it looks so magical and festive but doesn’t get eaten until all of the chocolates are gone.

Healthier Candy Cane Cookies

Recipe by Bridget OlandCourse: CookiesDifficulty: Medium
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

An old fashioned shortbread-like cookie recipe is turned into festive and delicious cookies with a couple of simple steps. This recipe can be made with all-purpose flour.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • ¾ tsp. peppermint extract

  • 2 ½ cups flour (I use stone ground whole white flour)

  • ½ tsp. salt

  • A few drops of natural red food colouring or beet juice

  • Topping
  • ½ cup of crushed candy canes mixed with ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 egg white

Directions

  • In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Mix in vanilla and peppermint extract. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture in two additions, beating just until combined.
  • Take half of the dough and put it in another bowl. Stir red food colouring into half of the dough, mixing until the colour is even.
  • Pat each half of dough into a disk and chill for an hour.
  • To make the cookies
  • Roll a tablespoon (or more) of each colour of dough into two 5” ropes. Lay them side by side and twist together. Fold the ends under to seal. Bend the top portion of the cookie to get the candy cane shape.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Brush each cookie with egg white and sprinkle with crushed candy cane mixture.
  • Bake at 375 F for 9-10 minutes. Watch closely.
  • Remove pan to a cooling rack and let cookies cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

 

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