I tried this recipe from Wilton and not only is really easy to make, the cookies are the most adorable thing I've ever seen!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Red (no-taste) Icing Color
- White Sparkling Sugar
Makes: About 24 cookies.
- Working with Tinted Cookie Dough
Instructions:Preheat oven to 375ºF. In large bowl, cream butter with sugar with mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour 1 cup at a time to butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. If dough becomes too stiff, add water, a teaspoon at a time. Do not chill dough.Divide dough into 2 balls. Color one ball of dough red with icing color. Pinch off a 1 in. ball of each color dough. On flat surface, roll ball into 3-in. long strips. Place red and white strips side-by-side; roll them together until the two colors have wrapped around one another and are twisted together. Curve the strip at the top to the shape of a candy cane and place on ungreased cookie sheet; gently press Sparkling Sugar into dough.Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on pan 2 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely.
Best look:Hang them from a glass of milk or a hot cup of cocoa!