The recipe is from Crisco. They used red, white and green candy canes which looked really festive, so if you can, use those.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Yields: 3 dozen
3/4 stick Crisco® Butter Shortening Sticks OR 3/4 cup Crisco® Butter Shortening (I just used 3/4 cup of canola spread margarine)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes or peppermint candies (see below for my method of crushing)
Additional 1/4 cup crushed candy for top of cookies (optional)
1. Heat oven to 350ºF/175ºC.
2. Beat shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl of electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg.
3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix into shortening mixture at low speed just until blended. Stir in crushed candy. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overbake. Immediately sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon crushed candy. Cool 2 minutes. Remove to rack to cool completely.
Tip: A 6-oz package of 12 candy canes will make enough crushed candy for the cookies and the garnish.
How I crushed Candy Canes
My friend had a problem crushing her candy canes and asked me to let her know if I came up with a better way then using a rolling pin and a ziplock bag full of canes. To start with I put the canes in a deep bowl and tried to crush them with the end of a rolling pin. Shards of cane went everywhere and after other fruitless attempts I had a break through:
1. Heat a few canes at a time in the microwave on high for 25 seconds. *Careful, when they come out they will be hot.* Try and work quickly with the warm canes it's a lot easier than cooled hard canes.
2. Put them in a teatowel and beat with the end of a rolling pin. Below is a picture of half beaten canes. At this point I just crushed them with my fingers. Easy!
3. You could also use scissors to cut half beaten canes (while still warm) into little tiny pieces.
4. Crushed canes. The last batch of candy canes I warmed up just crushed straight away, no scissors or fingers needed. Too easy!!