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Holiday Cookies: Candy Cane Cookies!!

Candy Cane Cookies

We love to bake in our house. But with young children it can sometimes be difficult to include them in the baking process. That is why I try to find recipes that will allow my younger kids to help to bake and decorate, especially during holiday time. They just love helping to make the special cookies everyone eats for Christmas dessert, and the cookies they leave out for Santa. This year we wanted to try something new, but still stick with simple easy things that the kids can help with.

When I was checking out recipes on the internet I ended up on Spoonful the Disney website of crafts, activities, and recipes for families. I love this site, not just because we are huge Disney fans in our house, but because all of their posts are geared towards families. This means everything has been pre-screened for appropriate content and it is designed for children to participate. In our house, that is perfection!

Since we were looking for something fun and easy for our Christmas cookie recipe we were delighted to find this fun and easy Candy Cane Cookie Recipe. It is simple to make, and even simpler to decorate. Kids can help and it is even easy for the not so great decorator to make.

What You Will Need:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

What You Will Do:

In a medium-size bowl, mix the flour and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, stir in the egg, then the corn syrup and vanilla extract. One third at a time, add the flour mixture until thoroughly mixed.

Next divide the dough into portions and use a toothpick to add food coloring paste (available at party supply stores) to each one. Knead until the color is evenly distributed. For a flavor surprise, omit the vanilla extract and add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract to the yellow dough, mint extract to the green dough, and strawberry extract to the red dough.

Pat the dough into disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or until firm enough to roll. If it is too firm, soften at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Finally, for each candy cane, form small pieces of two colors of dough into two ropes, about 1/4 inch in diameter and 16 inches long. Carefully twist the ropes together to form a candy cane. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

These fun cookies will definitely be a hit at our house this season!

Holiday Party Ideas: Cookie Decorating Party

Cookie Decorating Party

Are you looking for fun things to do with your kids this holiday season? Do you enjoy hosting little get togethers for your kids and their friends? Why not host a little holiday cookie decorating party. You can get your holiday baking done, have some fun with your kids, and let them learn how to do something in the kitchen while still using their creativity. Holiday cookies are a staple in most households. Everyone loves eating those sweet treats, especially when they are adorably festive elves, stars, Santa’s, snowmen, or gingerbread men. It can be a lot of fun to make your cookies as fancy or elaborately decorated as you want. Kids of all ages love to make their favorite holiday themed cookies, and with kids and a little icing the possibilities are endless.

Your boys could create custom cookies that have their names on them, or feature their favorite holiday theme. Gingerbread men have been a favorite for years, especially the little houses they live in. Your kids can make them any color, add candy for fun accessories, and at the Ned of the day eat their delicious creations.

Do your boys have a favorite superhero? Let them decorate their gingerbread men to look like Superman, Spider-Man, or Batman. Decorate a cookie that looks like each member of your family. No matter what you do the cookies will look amazing, and best of all the taste amazing too.

Do you have a favorite icing recipe that you love to use each year? How about trying this fun and simple new recipe for icing or glaze. It is simple to work with, dries hard but not too hard to eat, and is delicious! You can even changed the color to any shade you want.

Simple Cookie Glaze

What You Will Need:

2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of milk (this depends on the consistency you want the glaze to have, for a thinner glaze use more milk, for thicker decorating for small features using a pastry bag use less milk.)
Food coloring (any color you want!)

What You Will Do:

1. In a small bowl you will whisk together your confectioners sugar, corn syrup, and 1 tablespoon of milk.

2. Next add your food coloring.

3. If the glaze is the consistency you want fill your pastry bag or spread the glaze on your cookie. If you want it thinner add another 1/2 a teaspoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

4. Decorate your cookies and enjoy a great sweet treat!