Pinterest (I Tried It): Candy Cane Blossoms

Welcome Pinners and friends!  If you've tried something from one of your pinboards this week and blogged about it, you can link up your post at the bottom of this one.  I really love to see what you come up with and how you interpret your pins.

I'm back!  A couple of weeks away (and realizing, oh, crap, it's Thursday!) and I've actually tried six pins this week (more tomorrow).  I'm so proud.  This week I made the aforementioned peppermint cookies, found here at Baked Perfection.

These looked so cute and were pretty easy to make.  Turns out that this recipe is right on the back of the Hershey Candy Cane Kisses package!  Now, like Risa said in her post, I didn't get nearly the amount the recipe suggested- I only got 31, but I made them a little bit big.

Of course, these came about with Gus saying, "Let's make cookies, Mama."  How do you say no to that?  I knew I was going to make these before Christmas and freeze them anyway, so why not?  However, that meant that the two sticks of butter the recipe called for were located in the freezer, rock solid, the complete opposite of what you need for baking.  Aha!  I remembered another site I just pinned the other day: how to bring butter to room temperature at my baking addiction.

In no time I was grating my butter sticks and zapping the shavings in the microwave for a few seconds, and it worked like a dream.  I also made my own colored sugar with granulated sugar and food coloring, although I did not heed Risa's tip to let the sugar dry (read the whole thing before starting, Kristen).

Maybe that is why mine came out something like this:

Now, the hubs had the good camera when we made these, so there are no in-progress pictures, but Gus was having a great time with these.  He was pouring and stirring and rolling the dough in sugar like a pro.  Like I said, we did make these a little bigger than suggested, but I have no idea why they spread so much.  Luckily, they still taste good!

So how about you?  How were your pinning experiments this week?  Link up below or leave a comment!  And remember- same time next week!  I had a lot of fun trying this one out and may stick to the sewing board for a little while.

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life by the book


  1. So cute that he likes to help you! When the hubs was little he always liked to help his mom in the kitchen, and now he's the official cookie baker at our house.

  2. I've never seen peppermint kisses! I'm going to the store today, and my fingers are crossed that I'll find them. I'd love to try this recipe too!!!

  3. as long as they taste good, who cares how they look! i have made these with peanutbutter cookies and a chocolate kiss in the center (but then again, i think everybody has made those). these look fresh and yummy!

    -rachel w k

  4. It's so funny to see your pictures on the candy cane because someone just made some at work and they are sitting right behind me!

  5. They turned out sooo great! I've yet to try a recipe from Pinterest but I have some lined up!