Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies with Peppermint Icing

Candy canes are so popular at Christmas times so no better time for me to try a new cookie and icing flavor than now. Even the sound of pink peppermint brings on a smile. I made these cookies for the Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Lindsay and Julie came up with a really fun idea this year. Connecting food bloggers with cookies. Everyone who signed up bakes three dozen cookies. You are to make a new recipe or a recipe you haven’t published yet. Then send one dozen cookies to three recipients that they paired you with. You will in turn receive one dozen cookies from three other bloggers. What a great way to get to know six new bloggers as well as all the others who signed up to join in the fun. There were 625 participants. They are already talking about next years swap!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011On twitter follow the hashtag #fbcookieswap

I sent cookies to Melissa, Kelly, and Julie. It was fun getting to know Melissa and Kelly through their blogs, before sending them cookies. I know Julie, she not only is one of the people who started this cookie swap. We’re met in real life and I think of her as my friend. It was fun to send her cookies, you see I don’t often send out cookies to people I know across the US. I am always afraid they will break or get lost in the mail or won’t taste any good when they arrive. Julie assured me they arrived safely.

I received White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies from Bianca, White Chocolate Peppermint cookies from Melissa and Raisin and Chocolate Rugelauch from Lenore. I will add the links to their cookies when they post them.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies with Peppermint Icing (printable)

1 cup butter
1 ½ c confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¾-3 c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp salt

Cream together butter and confectioner’s sugar.  Add to this the egg and flavorings.  Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, adding this mixture one cupful at a time to the wet ingredients.  Mix until the dough forms a ball on the paddle.  Roll out on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.

 Bake at 400° for 7-8 minutes.
Peppermint Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2-3 Tablespoons water
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
3 drop soft pink color
Mix sugar with corn syrup and water along with extract and food coloring until icing is smooth. Pipe onto cookies using a #3 tip.
I put some edigle glitter on the cookies to make them shine!
Let icing dry before packaging at least 12 hours.



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    Laurel says

    Diane, i n the recipe, it says “2 tsp” but doesn’t say 2 tsp. of WHAT (after the egg). Is it supposed to be 2 tsp. of flavoring?

    Thanks for posting your recipes.

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    Thank you so much! I’m so glad you joined in on the swap and I loved that you ended up being assigned to me. Your cookies were so tasty! I love the little paper you wrote a little note for me on. You’re so sweet and I hope we get to meet at a conference again next year!

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    Love your peppermint candy canes. They’re just so pretty in pink!! My brother and I have a cookie recipe website ( We are having a cookie recipe contest with great prizes and would love to have you enter this or one of your other recipes for a chance to win.



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