Monday, December 2, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop


12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the holidays, I'm sharing a cookie recipe and a giveaway. You can also enter the main giveaway for huge prizes. Read on, enter, and enjoy!

One thing, above all others, really hold the essence of holiday spirit for me. No, not the malls or the lights or the haunting melodies of carols...

For me, it's cookies.

Juvenile, right? But I know a lot of you are nodding your heads, hoping no one sees you, because  you're all about the cookies, too.

I'm not a cookie baker, but my mom is. And man...I look forward to her cookie plates every year. She started weeks in advance, freezing tray after tray in her big freezer downstairs, and shameless old me sits in her kitchen like the kid I used to be, waiting until her back was turned so I could sneak my favorites off the plate.

Candy Cane Cookies are the biggest pain to bake (at least for a non-cookie-baker), but the payoff will make you glad you did it. Minty, crunchy, fun to eat--everything a cookie should be. Plus, you'll wish you'd grown up with me because you'll immediately regret every year up until this one because this is the first year you get a candy cane cookie. You're born again. And you're welcome.

Seriously. They are THAT good.

Recipe by Carol Schott

1 c. soft shortening               
1 c. 10x sugar                        
1 egg
½ tsp. Almond extract
1 tsp. Vanilla

Sift together and stir in

2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Blend shortening, sugar, egg and extract together.  Blend well with flour mixture.  Divide in half.  Blend ½ of mixture with ½ tsp. red food coloring.  Leave remaining dough white.

Divide into 1 inch balls (both  the red and the white dough).  Then roll each ball into  5” logs.  Taking 1 white piece and 1 red piece, twist together  and bend into candy cane shapes.

Bake 400 degrees, ungreased cookie sheet  5-6 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.  Remove from oven and, while still hot, sprinkle with a mixture of 1 tablespoon sugar and CRUSHED peppermint candy.

HINT:  you can also shape them into wreaths or sticks (easier)  Dough is very soft so I suggest you chill it for at least an hour and work with small batches on floured surface .  Also, these are sooo good, make a double batch.  You won’t be sorry.


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SEE THE OTHER STOPS ON THE HOP by clicking HERE. You'll find great recipes and countless ways to win, since many other authors are also hosting giveaways.

And don't forget to enter the main contest!

Grand Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
First Prize: One (1) eBook from Every Participating Author

Good luck and happy holidays!


  1. I just started to hop, so I guess your Candy Canes would be. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Also, your tweet is too long and it wouldn't take. I had to shorten it. :)

    2. So much for writing tight, LOL! I trimmed it... thanks for the note, Susan!

  2. I'm loving these jam filled ones, but there were also some very yummy sounding chocolate ones.

  3. I think anything chocolate would be top of my list!

  4. Thumbprint cookies! Love them.

  5. I live cand canes and your cookies seem the easy ones to make with them thanks

  6. They are pretty easy as long as you keep the dough chilled...if it warms, it's sticky and harder to twist into shapes. But that's part of the Christmas tradition, too...all the panic that goes into making them ! :)

  7. The Cake Cookies are my favorite. They are so chewy and you can make some many different flavors.
    Thank you for the Giveaway!

  8. With so many wonderful recipes it is hard to pick just one. The Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies sound delicious. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. I loved the ones with the jam inside!!!

  10. I am so thankful for this giveaway. I might not win but I know that there's people who care.
    I was so upset after reading a comment from an author and she wrote, STOP WHINING, WE ALL HAVE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN. I couldn't believe that. I wanted to respond to her comment and ask how old her kids are? Does she make, if msrried does her husband work? Have you bought 1 Christmas present?

    I haven't purchased one gift because there's no money. My daughter's fifteen so I can't get help from organizations. My son is nineteen and in the Army and I can't buy him anything. You know my kids understand. I am not happy about it. I'm crying everyday because it upsets me that my kids aren't going to have a Christmas, not so much my son but my daughter isn't going to have a Christmas. There's no tree in our house. Christmas is another day. I hate that Christmas was.turned into a day of exchanging gifts and such. I think it's all blown up and every year is gets worse.

  11. Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite!

  12. I started the hop with your stop, I put your cookie recipe in my collection. Thanks for the hop and giveaway.

  13. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies because they're my favorite.
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