Peppermint Stick Cookies
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Today, 12/12/12 , is my birthday and I am happy to be here with Katrina and all of her friends:) I was thrilled to be part of this cookie party last year and was tickled when Katrina invited me to participate this year for her second party! In Katrina’s Kitchen is a fun place to be!
These particular cookies have been part of every Christmas for as far back as I can remember, and they are my favorite Christmas cookie! I posted about them a few years ago in candy cane form, which is how I have always had them, but I thought it would be fun to shape them as peppermint sticks and also add some green into the mix. I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out!
As you can see, with some of the scraps I made some swirled round cookies. I’m sure you could easily make these into lollipop cookies:) Another option is to dip the ends into peppermint candy melts (top, left).
I always make these cookies with almond extract, but I’m sure they would be good with peppermint extract in its place, especially since they look like peppermint:) We just like the flavor of the almond extract. Actually, I love it! I also love the fact that these cute cookies look like they’re decorated, but with no additional work, or sugar from icing. So, if you want to add some fun and color to your cookie platter, these cookies would be perfect!
ENJOY! Katrina, Thanks so much for having me here, my friend! It’s been fun to participate in your cookie exchange, I’ll Bring the Cookies!!!
Peppermint Stick Cookies Recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 39 minutes
Twisted peppermint stick cookies- a fun and whimsical addition to any dessert table!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable shortening (or butter at room temperature)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cream shortening together with the powdered sugar and then add egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.
- To creamed mixture add 2 1/2 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix until incorporated.
- Divide dough in half. Leave one half plain.
- Divide the other half in half again: Add green food coloring to one part and red to the other.
- Make dough into rolled strips (about 5") and twist together one white and one red or green. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 9 min. or until lightly browned. You may sprinkle a mixture of peppermint candy (crushed) and sugar while still warm if you'd like. We usually prefer them plain.
Sue makes the most delicious and adorable treats! And she has the cutest little munchkins (grandchildren) to eat them up. She is seriously one of the most creative people I know. You can connect with Sue on Facebook, Pinterest, and her blog Munchkin Munchies.Here are some of my favorite cookies from Sue:
Rudolph Nose Cookies on a Stick
Thanks for bringing the cookies, Sue!