Saturday, December 10, 2011

Candy Cane/Wreath Cookies

Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids?Here it is.My son Sean made his own today,and added bows to his wreaths..why didn't I think of that?This recipe comes from a Food Network show I watched a few years back.It has fast become a favorite in our house.The original recipe was for candy cane cookies,but I thought,why not wreaths too?If you have trouble shaping the candy canes,just make sticks instead.They taste great and make a beautiful addition to your holiday cookie plate.These freeze beautifully,but if you freeze them,drizzle the chocolate on after they have thawed.Be careful when storing,as they are fragile!Also,one note of caution,be careful when measuring your almond extract..too much can ruin the recipe.It is very strong,so only use what is required in the recipe.

1 c. softened butter
1 c. confectioners' sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2-1/2 c. flour
red food coloring
24 peppermint candies(I use 12 candy canes)
1/4. c. sugar
melted chocolate(I use either candy melts or chocolate chips)
   In the bowl of your blender,mix together the butter and sugar(2-3 minutes).Add the egg,almond extract,salt,and vanilla.Add the flour.Remove half of the dough and add the food coloring to it.Using one tsp. of each color(red & white) roll dough into 4 inch ropes as shown.Twist together and form into the shape of a candy cane. Bake at 350 degrees for about 9 minutes.Take care not to burn.Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the mixture of candy & sugar.Drizzle with the melted chocolate.

 Here is my son Sean & his creations.Not bad for a young baker!
*For the wreaths,just use green food coloring instead of the red,shape into circles and continue as above.

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