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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Family Bake Night

Last night we had Family Home Evening. We usually have this one night a week and do something fun together. Last night we told the story of The Legend of the Candy Cane (we have an ornament on the tree with this story on it) and then we made Candy Cane Cookies. They were really hard to make but the kids had a fun time sifting, using the mixer, and rolling the dough into snakes. Above this post are pictures of the night and the recipe that we used follows:
Here is the recipe:
Candy Cane Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond flavoring
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
Mix well the shortening and butter, sugar, egg, almond, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and add to shortening mixture. Divide dough in half.
Blend red food coloring into one half. Roll one teaspoon of the red dough and one teaspoon of the white dough on a lightly floured board into 4 inch strips. Place strips side by side and press lightly together and twist like a rope. Curve the top of rope down to look like the handle of a candy cane.
Note: Make one complete cookie at a time. If the dough of one color is shaped first, the little rolls become too dry to twist.
Bake 9 minutes at 350 degrees F or until lightly browned. Remove while still warm. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup crushed peppermint stick candy and 1/2 cup sugar.
Note my kids are in their pull-ups. They usually stay this way while we are home working on potty training.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

what a neat tradition - to tell the story of the legend of the candy cane and then bake candy cane cookies!! LOVE it!

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