You know, I make no secret of the fact that I am not a good baker. I am not crafty, I am not a scrapbooker, I am not a good decorator. These things I am not. I am OK with this. I do not feel like I am missing out by not making dozens of Martha-like cookies every holiday season that are perfectly iced and decorated.
If you are one of those people who can make a cookie recipe from start to finish without a catastrophe and they come out of the oven perfect then I raise my glass to you. I will probably try to buy them from you even. But I am not ever going to reach that level of expertise. And I am fine with that. I try and that counts, right?
Now , my kids saw this cookie recipe in a Family Fun cookbook a few years ago and I have saved it all this time. I thought I would surprise them and make them Monday night. I also wanted to use them for an upcoming column in the Greenwood Daily Journal so I had a dual purpose here.
4 puffy, overcooked batches later I finally refined the recipe to turn out perfectly and they are now a tradition every Christmas.
Candy Cane Twists Recipe
- 3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
- 1 C sugar
- 1 LG egg
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
- red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the peppermint and vanilla. Gradually mix in the flour until combined.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and work the red food coloring into 1/2 until you reach the desired redness. To shape the canes roll a small amount into a ball and then roll with your hands to a cylinder. Do the same for a piece of red. Twist the 2 pcs. together and pinch the ends to form a candy cane shape. Continue to do this with the rest of the dough. Place on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set but not brown.
About the Author: Heather Tallman is a Greenwood area blogger, food writer, newspaper columnist, television hist and host of Around the Kitchen Sink Radio on Toginet.com. You can find her at basilmomma.com, @Basilmomma on Twitter and Basilmomma on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.