Candy Canes

There's no mistaking these festively shaped cookies. Decorated with red and green food coloring, these kid-favorites will brighten up your holiday table.

Candy Canes
Yield: 2-1/2 dozen Prep 10 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 12 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Royal Icing (see recipe on www.parents.com)
  • Red and green food coloring

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In small bowl, combine flour and salt.

2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and egg yolk until smooth. Beat in vanilla; stir in flour mixture. Flatten dough into a disk; Refrigerate 1 hour.

3. Roll 2 teaspoons dough into 6-inch rope. Transfer to nonstick baking sheet; curve into candy cane shape. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes. Cool on pan 1 minute, then carefully transfer to rack with a thin metal spatula.

4. Prepare Royal Icing. Remove 1/2 cup thicker icing to a small bowl and tint red; remove 1/2 cup thicker icing to a small bowl and tint green. Use a small clean brush to "paint" thinned white icing over cookies. Let dry. Transfer colored icings to two pastry bags fitted with small round tips. Pipe lines on cookies; let dry.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 97, Fat, total (g): 3, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 16, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.