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HOLIDAY Countdown #4: Candy Cane Cookies

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 6:24 am in Christmas, Cuisine.

Candy Cane Cookies (Courtesy BHG.com)How cute are these?? Chocolate sugar cookies drizzled with white chocolate and crushed peppermint candies — another winner from those baking whizzes over at BHG.com, who’ve been knocking our socks off this year with their cute baking and craft ideas (and their generosity in sharing the how-tos with us.)

We just keep thinking how cute these would look tucked into a cookie platter. Perfect for a cookie exchange. If you’ve been thinking about hosting a cookie swap, this is definitely the time to do it. Although frankly, anytime is a good time for cookies… OK, read on for the Candy Cane Cookie recipe.

Candy Cane Cookies
Ingredients
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter (no substitutes)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 ounces white chocolate
2 to 4 teaspoons shortening
1/2 to 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Directions
1. Beat 1/3 cup shortening and butter on medium speed 30 seconds. Add sugar and baking powder, then egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat in cocoa powder and as much flour as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill at least 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Working with one portion of dough at a time, roll to slightly less than 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Using a 4-inch candy-cane-shape cutter, cut dough. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven 7 to 9 minutes or until firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on a wire rack.

3. Heat white chocolate and 2 teaspoons shortening in a small saucepan over low heat till melted, stirring often. (Add more shortening, if necessary, for drizzling consistency.) Drizzle one cookie with chocolate mixture; sprinkle with candy. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let stand till set. Makes about 36 cookies.

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