Candy Cane Cookies

Candy-cane-cookies-with-ornaments

Prep time: 25 min

Bake time: 12 min

Total: 37 min

Ingredients:

1 box sugar cookie mix
½ stick butter, melted
1 egg
⅓ cup softened cream cheese
½ cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface
Red food coloring
1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, melted butter, egg, cream cheese, and flour; mix together to form dough.
  3. Separate dough into 2 equal portions and place in 2 different bowls.
  4. Add red food coloring gradually to 1 bowl of dough, kneading together until desired shade of red is created.
  5. To second bowl of uncolored dough, add peppermint extract and knead together.
  6. On a floured work surface, shape each dough into balls and then roll each ball into 1/4-inch-wide ropes, each about 6 inches long. For each cookie, carefully twist some of the red and white ropes of dough together and shape into a candy cane.
  7. Spread candy canes out on cookie sheets and bake on the top shelf of the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool before serving.

Makes 25 cookies

From: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-cane-cookies-recipe/index.html

Photo credit: http://www.bunkycooks.com/2010/12/candy-cane-cookies-ho-ho-ho/

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