My mom has made these cookies for as long as I can remember, and my holiday season is never complete until we've made a batch and I've eaten far more than I should.
I usually use the Kneader's sugar cookie recipe for all my sugar cookie needs (hey, that's not a bad pun), but that recipe has hints of lemon, honey, and nutmeg. I'm not sure how that would pair with the peppermint (I should try once, it might be delicious), so I stick to my mom's good old Betty Crocker recipe for these particular cookies. I don't want anything to take away from the crushed candy cane flavor. A basic sugar cookie and plain vanilla frosting are all you need once the crushed candy canes have been added on top.
I even just use a store-bought tub of vanilla frosting (which I hardly ever do) because the candy canes do all the talking in these cookies. I'm thinking you could even add a bit of peppermint extract to the dough or frosting, but I haven't ever tried it. I hate to experiment on what I think is perfection, but I just might be missing out. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.
Crushed Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
1 tub vanilla frosting
crushed candy canes
Make and bake cookies according to directions. Allow to cool. Frost, and top with crushed candy canes.
My mom used to make these as star cookies all of the time when we were little, and they always looked beautiful! I like the candy canes, but they are a bit small to frost. And actually, this last time my mom just made some circle cookies and they were super speedy to frost and looked just a gorgeous! Any size or shape to your liking will work. I just had the thought of tiny bite-sized circle cookies with a bit of the frosting and crushed candy cause on top would be so, so cute for a neighbor gift, party, or any occasion.
Pardon the overload of pictures. It was way too easy to get a lot of fun shots of these cookies (why can't that happen every time I take pictures?) and I couldn't pick just one or two. Don't you love peppermint and red and white?
What are your favorite Christmas cookies? Do you have some you make every year? Or do you try something new?
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