BAKES | Candy Cane Cookies

Just popping in for a quick blog post folks. I hope that you are all having a great Christmas break with your families and making lots of plans for New Years Eve. I'm only popping in because I just couldn't stay away and I wanted to share this really simple bake with you.
Over the last few days I have been seeing lots of posts from people who have already taken their Christmas decorations down, some even on Boxing day. I don't like doing this too early because I just love Christmas and want to draw it out for as long as the husband allows it. But he's assured me they are coming down soon. I have just looked at my tree and seen that I have gone overboard with the candy canes this year, the top of the tree is full of them - the little lady has already seen to the bottom of the tree. I needed to create a recipe that would require candy canes! Do you have lots of candy canes left over? Try this recipe I'm sure they will tickle those taste buds.

You'll need:
125g butter, softened
100g light brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
½ tsp salt
Left over candy canes, crushed

1. First things first preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. It's also best to try and prepare your crushed candy canes while the oven is heating up. Put all your candy canes in a zip lock plastic bag, wrap the bag in a tea towel, take a wooden roll pin and bash them. Then set aside until step 4.

2. Cream butter and sugars, once creamed, combine in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour and salt

3. Roll into walnut size balls for a more homemade look, or roll into a long, thick sausage shape and slice to make neater looking cookies.

4. Place on ungreased baking paper. I prefer my cookies to be doughy and delicious so I will cook them for about 7 minutes and for these candy cane cookies half way through I will take them out to sprinkle the crushed candy canes before finishing baking. If you prefer harder cookies then cook for 10 minutes until golden brown.

5. Take out of the oven and leave to harden for a minute before transferring to a wire cooling rack. These are great warm, and they also store well, if they don't all get eaten straight away!
Happy Baking!
Don't forget to let me know if you've tried this recipe, I'd love to see your bakes.

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