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Christmas Treats Recipe : Fantasy Christmas Canes

Are you looking for Christmas recipes for kids? This Fantasy Christmas Canes recipe was sent in by Mykidstime parent Aileen R, and are a Canadian tradition. You are guaranteed to fall in love with these!

“All the guests (young and not so young lol!!) fell in love with these wonderland canes that a Canadian friend once brought to a kids’  party. So I bribed  her for the recipe…here it is  – a Canadian tradition hence the measurements in “cups”!  Unlike their candy cousins, these canes just melt in your mouth!!!  Bon appétit!” – Aileen R

Preparation time: approx 20 min (the more times you make them the quicker you get!!)

Ingredients ( for 30-40 canes depending on size):

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup softened margarine or vegetable fat
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • red and green food colouring

Method:

  1. Mix the butter, margarine and sieved icing sugar together in a large bowl
  2. Add the egg and essence
  3. Add the sieved flour and salt and mix well
  4. Divide the mixture in half leaving one 1/2 in the original bowl, then put 2 quarters in 2 separate bowls. Add the red colouring to one 1/4 and the green to the other. Knead all 3 doughs.
  5. With a teaspoon, scoop out balls of dough, roll in between your (floury!) palms and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. The balls should be roughly the size of a walnut.  Ideally you should have the same amount of “white” balls as the coloured ones together (i.e. 20 white,10 red,10 green)
  6. Cover with cling film or aluminium foil and place in fridge for about an hour. (Or in the back yard for a few minutes in these temperatures!!)
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the balls into “snakes” roughly the length of a teaspoon, put a white and a red side by side and roll them together, do the same with the white and green. Curve one end to make a cane shape. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven at 190°c for 7-9 mins (chain yourself to the oven door!!) depending on their size. Take out when the edges begin to colour.
  9. Leave to cool completely on tray (RESIST!!) to prevent them breaking.

Related : Lots more ideas in 15 Easy Christmas Recipes

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