Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies

This recipe comes just in time for some fun holiday baking!  I found it at Lauren’s Latest.  The base is the same as in the lemon cookies I featured HERE.  This recipe is a great one to let the munchkins get involved in.  The only catch I found was in the baking.

DON’T over bake! (watch carefully and err on the side of undercooked!)

Ready to give it a try?  Here is a quick rundown of the steps.

Step 1 – SMASH the candy canes.  I only had mini candy canes on hand so we did 10.  Thumper didn’t believe me at first when I told him to have at it with the hammer!  By the end he was having so much fun the other two munchkins had to come give it a go too!

Step 2 – Mix the ingredients

Step 3 – Scoop and roll in powdered sugar

Step 4 – Bake to perfection

Candy Cane Crinkles

adapted from : Lauren’s Latest

Ingredients:

  • 10 mini candy canes crushed (or 3 big ones)
  • 1/2 cup Butter Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Crunch up candy canes and set aside
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  4. Next add in vanilla and egg.  Scrapes sides of bowl and mix again.
  5. In second bowl mix dry ingredients together excluding the powdered sugar.
  6. Add dry ingredients to mixer and mix until just combined.  Scrape sides and mix again for a second.
  7. Stir in crushed candy canes
  8. Place powered sugar in bowl
  9. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball.  Then roll in powered sugar.
  10. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough
  11. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte (not melty or shiny).
  12. Remove from oven and cool cookies for about 3 minutes before moving to cooking rack.
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