Candy Cane Cookies

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Make this Candy Cane Cookies recipe when you have the kids at home for the day, and you want to make something yummy and fun for everyone. This cookies recipe turns out some peppermint cookies that put red dyed dough and regular dough together and twists them together so they bake up looking like candy canes. What fun. Kids will have a great time with these cookies, and even if they do not turn out perfectly it will not matter at all.

There is a lot of myth and fancy around how candy canes came to be, and what they represent at Christmas. There is a religious association, but there is not much to support that the candy cane has any association with religion. There is also a story that originally the candy cane was white and then got bent to resemble the staffs of shepherds, another part of the whole Christmas story. But as interesting as that story is, there is not much support for it, either. It appears that it may have been the early 1920s before a stripe appeared in plain white candy sticks, which had been popular for many years. It could have been the McCormack candy manufacturer that produced the first red stripe in the candy cane. It may always be a bit of a mystery how the red and white came together in the candy cane, but kids will always like them. And they will love to see them re-created in this candy cane cookies recipe.

This cookies recipe is quick and easy to make, and you could just shape them in the candy cane shape without adding any coloring if you do not like to put that kind of artificial ingredient in to your cookies (or anything else that you make). In this recipe a gel dye is used and that is what gives the cookie dough such a rich red color that holds well as it bakes. Of course do not over cook the cookies or the red color may fade to an unattractive brownish red by being over baked. These cookies will taste just as good of course whether the cookies are baked crispy or just until the dough is baked and the cookies are fresh and soft. Make these cookies on an afternoon when the kids may have friends coming over to play. It will give them lots to do, and they will all enjoy the process of rolling out red dough and some white dough and then putting them together to shape these candy cane cookies. That will take them some time to do, and keep them occupied and busy all day long. Enjoy making these candy cane cookies.

Nutrition Facts for: Candy Cane Cookies From Yummy Healthy Easy
Ingredients: Butter, shortening or coconut oil, powdered sugar, egg, almond extract, peppermint extract, vanilla, salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 36 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 15, Calories from Fat 1, Total Fat 0.1g 0%, Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%, Cholesterol 5mg 2%, Sodium 68mg 3%, Potassium 2mg 0%, Carbohydrates 3.4g 1%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 3.3g, Protein 0.2g, Vitamin A 0%,Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

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