Ever wonder what to do with all those candy canes you have after Christmas? Try making them into these wonderful cookies. I found the recipe on this blog after searching what to do with the candy canes left over from the kids’ Christmas party. My son loved these cookies and even insisted we leave some out for Santa.
I will say this only makes 2 dozen small cookies so I would suggest doubling it.
3 large candy canes, crushed
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
½ t. vanilla extract
¼ t. salt
¼ t. baking powder
1/8 t. baking soda
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup powdered sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
Place candy canes into plastic storage bag and crush using a rolling pin. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla and egg. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir all dry ingredient (except powdered sugar) in a small bowl. Pour into mixer and slowly mix until just combined. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in crushed candy canes.
Pour powdered sugar into a plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and then into powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookeis look matte (not melty or shiny). Remove from oven and cool for 3 minutes on pan before transferring to cooling rack.