Make this easy recipe as a quick cookie that most anyone will love. Since it requires the use of play dough skills be sure and invite all the kids in the house to help with the rolling and shaping of the dough to create the candy cane cookies. Sound like fun? You can make a lot of small or big cookies. May need just 1/2 the recipe, or you can freeze half the dough for later unless lots of cookie monsters to feed. Cookies store well too.
Make the Dough First
Choose how to mixing tool:
Bowl with Hand Mixer
We used a food processor that worked great on the dough until we added cocoa powder which made it get thicker so had to finish mixing my hand to avoid burning out the motor.
Much harder by hand and takes awhile that way but you will get there.
Start by thoroughly mixing everything but the flour and salt. It is only after these are completely mixed do you start to add the flour and salt. Keep adding the flour until it disappears and then add more about a half cup at a time.
Split dough equally in half and then mix the cocoa and extra butter or shortening starting with the extra fat before powder.
Better to first add one more tablespoon of butter or shortening before adding the cocoa powder and allow it to mix in so will not get as thick from the cocoa powder.
If you use melted chocolate you may have to add more dry ingredients or nothing at all.
Goal is for both vanilla and chocolate dough to have the same consistency.
You want enough flour so that the dough does not stick to surface, but not too much so it cracks and will not stay together so needs to stay pliable like play dough. Will be very dry cookie after it is cooked if too much flour is added.
Ingredients for dough:
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla (imitation not recommended)
1 teaspoon Peppermint Oil (optional)
2 1/2 Cups Flour or 2 Cups Flour and 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1 teaspoon Salt (Real Salt or sea salt. Morton has GMOs and processed)
For Chocolate Dough:
After dividing dough in half, mix one half of dough with a 1/4 Cup of melted chocolate or 1/8 Cup of cocoa and one tablespoon butter or shortening.
How to make the Candy Cane Dust
3/4 Cup Candy Cane dust and chunks (Trujoy only organic choice).
1/4 Cup Sugar
Next time will try and put on the candy cane sprinkles half way through cooking and see it they will stick to the cookie better. Here we put them on as soon as we took the cookies done out of the oven so can do that too.
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Coconut oil does not give you as much moisture in baking so may create a "dryer" product so be careful to not add too much flour if this is a fat you choose.
Since this is a basic cookie recipe, the fat source is a big part of the texture, flavor, and calories for the cookie. Pick calories that bring nutrition too.
Fat is an essential nutrient if you pick the right ones. Otherwise "bad fats" can do more harm than good, like trans fats for example.
We encourage you to try different combinations. Luckily there are more choices that ever especially if you are a vegan or trying to reduce you total animal intake.
You can try making your cookies 100% from one fat, a 50/50 combination, or your own balance of different fat sources.
Most important is to keep it real, organic, and from a sustainable local source when possible. The oils we eat in the USA is a global issue where choices we make here can impact endangered species of plants and animals in other countries, and the livelihood of the local people that live there.
By choosing sustainable oil sources we can not only make the world a better place for all, but improve our own health. There are many traps to fall into when choosing an oil such as trans fats, GMOs, rancidity, fraud, and low Omega 3s. It is important to have a balance and choose the best sources. You can have too many of the wrong kind of fat sources and not enough of the good kind! Keep it Real and organic.
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