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!!!


  1. Hi Louise - Good luck with the move! I love this post. The Frugal Gourmet Christmas Book has been part of our holiday celebration for years, and I've always been intriqued by this recipe. Yet, I never quite seem to have the candy on hand to make it. As I look, it seems awfully easy, and SO festive! Happy National Candy Cane Day AND Boxing Day, which is somewhat appropriate in your case! :-)

  2. Louise, these look delicious. Unfortunately, I can't get candy canes (or even round peppermints) here in Belgium. I miss them! But your photo makes me feel as if I'm there with them--thanks! Happy Boxing Day.

  3. I have some candy canes left over - I need to make these cookies iwth them!

  4. Hi Louse!
    Looks like some great cookies. My mother enjoys baking all kinds of different cookies for the holiday. She does it every year. Some of the different ones she makes are chocolate krinkle cookies, heath bar cookies,ginger snaps,peanut butter, peanut butter kiss cookies, fudge (chocolate and peanut butter, ginger bread cookies, sugar cookies, and of course chocolate chip. She makes some others I just cannot think of the names and she likes to pull up new recipies and make new ones. I'll have to mention this one to her.

    Yes I am thinking of a post. I have actually started it I just want to polish it up a bit. It may be up soon.

    Have a great holiday! Don't stress too much about moving.

  5. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  6. LOL, T.W. thanks for the lift. The moving is going well and yes, all of these boxes sure do bring new meaning to the celebration of Boxing Day. Hopefully next year I'll actually be able to post about it. I have many of the Frugal Gourmet cookbooks and I must agree, this one is really special when it comes to a reliable source for Christmas traditions and recipes. I thought the Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies sounded pretty easy too. We'll just have to try our hands at them next year so save those bits and pieces of candy canes.

    What no candy canes in Belgium??? Kate that post I did from last year included a recipe for making your own. It doesn't seem that hard especially for someone as talented as yourself. Who knows, you could start a new Belgium trend.

    Oh Deborah please let me know if you make these cookies. I would love to know how they came out. Although, I'm not sure how much fun it would be to drool over them!!! I'll post them and the link if you do for everyone to see:) Thanks for popping in...

    Hi Jim What lovely memories. I'm surprised you remembered the name of all those cookies. I'll take one of each, well perhaps two of the Chcolae Krinkle cookies. I haven't had those in ages. Now, you know you need to get the recipes from your mom so you can pass the memories (and recipes) down to the next generation.
    I can't wait to see your post. I'm not going to be able to bring my computer up on this next trip to PA. But, I'll be sure to check as soon as I get back. The move isn't so bad. I sure do wish it would stop raining though. I guess it is better than more snow though. BTW, Stressed spelled backwards equals Desserts!!!

    Thanks Cynthia, I do hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend. I'll be in a moving truck early tomorrow morning for the umpteenth time!!!

    Thank you dear duckie. It is so sweet of you to think of me. I hope all the "kiddies" got everything they wanted. I'm sure you did a whole lotta eating!!!

  7. Hey louise
    I just created my post....Take a look if you got a chance!

  8. Happy Holidays, Louise! Those cookies look lovely, and I've always been a big fan of starlight mints :)

  9. Good luck with the move Louise!
    Sorry I'm so late in wishing you a lovely Christmas.
    All the very best for 2010 Love from Jan x

  10. Those peppermint cookies look so pretty! Wishing you the happiest of holidays Louise!

  11. Mmm, candy canes!
    Good luck with the rest of your move. :)

  12. I have a friend who tried to turn leftover candy canes into fudge one year. The results were... well, I'm not the biggest fan of candy canes, so I might have been biased. These cookies look like a better bet!

  13. Well, I'm a couple of days late, because I slept through most of the 26th, but I'm making candy cane ice cream today. Is that close enough for the celebration?

  14. Hey Mom,
    I am going to post the pics I took of the Chocolate Peppermint Log that I made this year. Goes along so nicely with this post... after all the filling is heavy cream whipped together with crushed peppermints!!! So yummy, maybe you can post an addendum. I think your readers may like it. I love you,

  15. Yummy! Skype is in my near future!!! Hopes for a wonderful 2010!

  16. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!Isnt Skye cool?

  17. Candies to sweeten up the new year :)

    Happy 2010!

  18. These cookies look delish. I always enjoyed watching the Frugal's Gourmet show years ago.

  19. Thanks Lidian I do hope you enjoyed your holidays. Your blog looks GREAT!!! Just read about the King Tut thingy:)

    Hi Jan And thank you. Things sure do get busy at the end of the year. All the best to you for the new year!!!

    I will be baking them up next year LL, Good Lord Willing and the creek don't freeze:)

  20. Hi Adele Candy Canes into Fudge??? Now, that's a challenge but I'm sure someone has done it somewhere. The cookies sure do look "purty."

    So, How'd that Candy Cane Ice Cream taste Marjie. It sounds intriguing...

    Hi Pumpkin, I can't seem to locate the pictures of the Chocolate peppermint Log. Can you mail them again??? it sounds awesome!!! Love you too:) Mommy:)

  21. Thanks Julia. Skype is my grandma sanity!!! I can't seem to get over to your blog. Is there a problem with your name link?

    So cool, glamah16 so very cool...

    Now that you mention it, tigerfish, Yes! they are! Happy 2010 to you too:)

    They sure do Julie. Jeff Smith was passionate about food on his shows. I still do my "whiffing" the way he use too LOL. Thanks for stopping by...

  22. Thanks for posting this. I had a great time modifying your satisfyingly easy directions for my gluten-corn-soy-walnut allergic daughter and they came out great! I made (kinda) powdered sugar by whirring together arrowroot powder and granulated sugar. Merry Christmas 2015!

    1. Hi Elaine,
      Thank you so much for visiting this post and for your kind words. It thrills me to learn that you were able to modify this recipe for your daughter and that they came out to her liking. Merry Christmas to you and yours and thank you again!!!


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