Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Candy Cane Day!!!

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a Glorious Christmas!!! I know I did and thanks to Skype, I even got to see Tabi and Noah open some of their Christmas presents. How cool is  technology???
I'm still packing and loading and it looks like I only have two more trips to PA before, I'll be all moved in. Whew! In the mean time, I wanted to remind you that today is National Candy Cane Day!
Since I posted a few links guiding you to the history of Candy Canes last year for National Candy Cane Day, I thought today I would simply leave you with a recipe I found in the cookbook The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas by Jeff Smith. Don't these Peppermint Candy Cookies look absolutely delightful???

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
The Dough:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (do not substitute margarine of shortening)
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together until fluffy. Add the flour and walnuts and blend to form a dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.

Candy Mixture for Garnish:
1/4 pound peppermint candy, crushed fine
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

In a small bowl, combine both ingredients. Set aside. Three tablespoons of this mixture is used in the filling below and the remainder is used to garnish the cookies.

The Filling:
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon milk
1 drop red food coloring
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons candy mixture (see above)

In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese, milk, food coloring, and the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Blend in the 3 tablespoons candy mixture.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and for each cookie pinch off a rounded teaspoon of dough. form into a ball and shape the dough around your thumb to make a little compartment in the middle. Place about 1/4 teaspoon of the cream cheese filling in the depression. Pinch the dough back together and roll it back into a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling. Place the balls on a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Do not brown.
Remove the cookies to a cooling rack. To garnish, roll the cooled cookies in the remaining candy mixture. Makes 3 dozen
If you're looking for all kinds of candy cane recipes, including candy candy drinks, you really should check out last year's post. There's recipes from some of your favorite bloggers including, Candy Cane Coffee Cake, Leftover Candy Cane Cake, Peppermint Bark, Chocolate Candy Cane Stirrers and oh so many more... Have FUN!!!