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Nothing is more nostalgic to me than baking Christmas cookies.
Almost every Christmas while growing up, cookies were the center of attention. Whether it was my great-grandmother’s famous almond horns, rum balls and thumbprint cookies, or my mom’s signature frosted sugar cookies, there were always cookies to be enjoyed. And I always loved being a part of it (both for the baking and the eating, of course).
One of my favorite childhood Christmas cookie recipes is for Candy Cane Cookies. They’re festive, delicious and fun to make. Infused with a dash of peppermint extract and shaped just like a candy cane, they’re the perfect cookie to make for your next holiday party, cookie swap or family gathering. Santa may even want a few with his glass of milk after he comes down the chimney.
These cookies are reminiscent of the traditional sugar cookie, but with hints of peppermint, almond and vanilla, plus a topping of sugar and crushed peppermint candies, they’ve got a little extra something. Plus, I always loved the process of helping my mom make them before they went in the oven – something about shaping dough into a cute little candy cane puts me right in the Christmas spirit. They take only 10 minutes in the oven, so you won’t have to wait too long before you can devour them.
If you want to add a unique and delicious cookie recipe to your traditional gamut of Christmas cookies, this is a great addition. It’s fun, festive and yummy – all the necessary ingredients for a great holiday cookie. Your group – and the man in the red suit – will love this recipe.
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