One of my favorite things to do during the month of December is to bake cookies. I love cookies and I love trying new recipes. This is a recipe I found that I think is absolutely wonderful for Christmastime. These cookies are made with cinnamon red hot candies and they look absolutely terrific. You will feel great serving these to guests and bringing them to parties you attend.
To make these cookies, you will need:
- 2 c. flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ c. cinnamon red hot candies
- 1 ½ sticks butter, softened
- ¾ c. sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- Red paste food coloring
Making these cookies may take a little longer than other types of cookies, but it is well worth the time you spend. The first step is to take out a small bowl. Place the flour, baking powder and salt in it.
Next, take the cinnamon candies and grind them in a mini food processor. A coffee bean grinder works great for this too.
Take a large bowl and beat the butter and sugar together until it is creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again. Gradually add the flour mixture to this until it is just blended. Divide the dough in half and remove one of the halves and place it in a small bowl. Add the ground up candies to this half and mix well. Add some red paste food coloring to achieve the color of red that you would like.
Take out two 20-inch sheets of waxed paper. Place the red dough between the sheets and roll it out into a 15-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Remove this dough and then do the same thing to the other ball of dough.
Refrigerate the dough for around 10 minutes and then remove. Place the plain rectangle on your work surface and keep the waxed paper under it. Place the red dough rectangle on top of the plain rectangle. Start with the long side and tightly roll the rectangles together. Place the log in your refrigerator for an hour or more until the dough is firm enough to slice.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Cut the log into ¼-inch thick slices and place them on the cookie sheet. Bake for 14 minutes or until lightly browned.