Monday, 8 December 2008

Candy Cane Thumbprints

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup shortening1
1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. peppermint extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
Red food coloring
Candy cane flavored Hershey's Kisses

- In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined.
- Beat in eggs, peppermint, and vanilla until combined.
- Add food coloring to reach desired pink/red color.
- Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
- Cover and chill dough for 1 hour or overnight until dough is easy to handle.
- Shape into 11/2 in balls and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 11 minutes.
- Press unwrapped Hershey Kiss into center of each cookie shortly after removing from oven.

Variations (w/o Hershey's Kisses):
1. Roll same dough into short stick-like cookies. Drizzle or dip in chocolate.
2. Add chocolate chips to the dough and flatten slightly before baking for chocolate-mint-chip cookies.

Recipe from Abby from LJ Best Blogger Tips

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