If winter storms were not bad enough, the following day is usually worse. Day 1 brings snow, rain, ice, mix. Day 2 usually brings very high winds. Given that yesterday was a blizzard, the winds today were lighter in comparison. The big difference is the snow cover. All of that snow and ice brings down the temperature. Then the skies clear, and the sun comes out, which also drops the temperature. It is currently 8 degrees with a wind chill or “feels like temperature” of -13!!!
The poor dog has to keep switching feet while he is outside. He lifts one leg up off the snow, then the other. It’s quite the dance routine. This is my daughter’s dog Arlo…
Today we have my other favorite Christmas cookie…..Candy Cane Cookies!!! This comes out of the same Betty Crocker’s cookbook as the Russian Teacakes (and my sugar cookies). My mom used to make these every Christmas and then I carried on the tradition. They can be a bit time consuming, and a little bit tricky to form into a candy cane shape, but they are worth the effort. The more you play with them, the easier it actually gets. They are not overly sweet with just a hint of peppermint…..YUM
Here they are with their other cookie friends…..
Candy Cane Cookies
|Serves||4 dozen cookies|
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||20 minutes|
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Large egg
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red food color gel
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
You can sprinkle candy mixture over cookies on the baking sheet, but the mixture will melt on the baking sheet and is more difficult to clean up. Be very gentle is you choose to move to a cooling rack, the "curve" of the candy cane breaks very easily.