Today we had some candy land fun with my darling friend Heather and our kids making some holiday cookies! These were actually the result of a fun experiment that went horribly RIGHT! The cookies are a basic shortbread with the crunch of candy cane mixed into the dough. What happened? Well, they all got eaten in less than 4 hours, and we made several dozen. It took a great effort to save some for game night, which we try to have every Friday night! So I think these are ones for my posterity. I am sure they will be a tradition forever!!
Peppermint Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sweet butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 crushed candy canes
cream cheese frosting (optional)
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the butter, vanilla and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough. Fold in the crushed candy canes.
Roll by rounded Tablespoon and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees 9-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your cookies. Allow to cool slightly before removing from baking sheet. Cool and frost. Add sprinkles or more crushed candy cane on top of frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick (1/4 pound) regular butter, softened
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese
1 pound powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
In large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese.
Add sugar and vanilla and blend. Spread on cooled cookies.
Eat. Faint. Repeat as needed.
Heather took the picture! Didn't she do a great job?! I may have to hire her someday!!