Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peppermint Candy Shaped Cookies

These peppermint candy shaped cookies were inspired by the popular lollipop cookies. I actually had the idea of making these cookies for over a year now but just recently was able to test it out. I'm not sure why it took me so long but here they are, peppermint candy shaped cookies! Below you'll find the recipe, instructions and tips to make your own.

Why this recipe? Can't you use any sugar cookie recipe?
Well after experimenting with different recipes my answer is no. I found some recipes will not hold the shape of the cookie. They usually just flattened out and didn't give the definition that makes these cookies unique. I'm sure other recipes will work but I found this one works the best.

*Cookies are not peppermint flavored.

Cookie Dough Recipe
via allrecipes
makes 2 dozen
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 oz of cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
red food coloring

1. In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and blend until smooth.

2. In another bowl add flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until dough forms.

4. Separate into two balls. Add food coloring to one dough ball. If you can, use a high grade food coloring that will give you a rich color. Adding too much coloring can make your dough bitter.

5. Refrigerate dough for two hours.

Take about a two teaspoons of the white dough and two teaspoons of the red dough and form into logs. Twist both pieces together.

Roll and twist dough until it measures 12 inches along. Roll into cookie shape. Optional - sprinkle with sanding sugar. Place cookies 3 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 35o for about 7 to 8 minutes.

* I've found that a nonstick aluminum rim cookie sheet holds the shape of the cookies better but the bottom will brown quicker.

*With an insulated tray, cookies will flatten out a little more but will brown less on the bottom and cook evenly.

Your cookies should look something like this when done. I baked these cookies on an insulated tray.

Wrap them in cellophane to make them look like giant peppermint candies. Use them for favors, tree decorations, or whatever else you can think of.


Michelle L. said...

Those are so pretty! And I love that you just said, "No! Do it my way, or else."

Thanks for a fun and yummy creation!

Deanna said...

I love these cookies!

Zakka Life said...

Michelle L,

Oh man, that's not how I wanted to come across. I just wanted to share what worked for me and thought it would be helpful for others.

Glad you like the cookies :)

LimeRiot said...

How cute! These would make adorable little gifts for coworkers. Thank you for the inspiration.

Christy said...

I love your cookie recipe! So cute and clever. The packaging is super kawaii as well.

Vidya said...

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thanku :)

Bean said...

Yum, yum!!

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

What a great idea!

Caca said...

Hey, I made lollipop cookies too.

Usemeplz said...

Awesome work! I like your blog, you are doing cool work!thank you!

Mai Nguyen said...

Can I make these without cream cheese?

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