I love peppermint, anything peppermint as a matter of fact... from York Peppermint Patties and Peppermint gum to Peppermint Ice Cream and, of course, Candy Canes. I don't go in for all these weird flavored things they have come out with in recent years. There is just something quintessentially wrong with a yellow Starburst Lemon flavored bent stick hanging on the tree. Not Normal... I am sure my therapist is going to have fun with that one too.
When I was younger, oh SO many moons ago, I use to hoard the left over candy canes from the tree. I would then store them in a jar in my closet and nibble on them throughout the year... Of course by October they would have inevitably drawn moisture at some point and the wonderful little sticks of pepperminty heaven would become all sticky. But I ate them anyway, reminiscing the whole time about the previous Christmas.... Yet another thing that my therapist is gonna wanna discuss.
These puppies are "painted" with white chocolate, which will be surreptitiously spiked with peppermint oil... Oh yeah baby!
Candy Cane Shortbread
4 oz Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Kosher Salt
12 oz AP Flour
2 oz Crushed Candy Canes (you can use starlight mints too)
2 oz White Chocolate
a couple drops of Peppermint oil (trust me, it only takes a couple drops)
Though it seems such a shame, but you need to get all medieval and smash the candy canes to almost a powder with a meat mallet (kitchen mace).
Sprinkle your work surface liberally with flour then roll the dough (carefully, cause it is VERY tender) to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Place just a few drops of peppermint oil if you like (I like, so I did) No extract please, the chocolate will seize.
Either paint white chocolate stripes with a paint brush,
(Brush on left, squeeze bottle on right)
P.S. I am not really seeing a therapist... Though maybe I should. ;) LOL