Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Cookies on a present

With the holiday season in full swing, it is time to think about Christmas baking. I know a lot of people have already started….but the problem I have with starting early, is that Jamie and I raid the freezer of our sweet treats, and we end up having to bake twice as much!

This year at work I organized a cookie exchange. I know that there are lots of sites and ‘rules’ surrounding cookie exchanges, but I wanted this one to be fun and inclusive.  So, with 18 people participating, we agreed on four cookies per participant.  It works out to having to bake 68 cookies, or a little less than 6 dozen.

What works entirely in our favour is that Jamie and I work together, and since he is also participating in the office cookie exchange, well, we get to walk away with a little under 12 dozen cookies – SCORE! :)

What I love about cookie exchanges is that it really brings everyone together to celebrate the season, and it allows you to create variety on your cookie platters over the holidays, without having to bake numerous different batches. It allows colleagues to share their favourite recipe with others.  All around it is just a lot of fun.

For our cookie exchange I wanted to make something easy and festive. I love the idea of sugar cookies, decorated  with Royal icing and edible sparkles, but the idea of making a cookie dough, chilling it, rolling it out, cutting out adorable Christmas shapes, baking and then decorating…well, it kind of sounds exhausting.  (Even typing that out took a lot of effort!)

As you all know, drop cookies are my staple. Whip up some cookie dough and drop them onto your baking sheet, into the oven and voilà – you are done.

So, as you can imagine, my dilemma was, an easy drop cookie or a labour intensive holiday cookie. Well, I found my answer, a sugar drop cookie rolled in crushed candy canes!

This recipe is so easy, and what else, it makes so many cookies. I made 100 cookies with this recipe – let me repeat that – 100 cookies!  So, this (in my opinion) is the perfect recipe to use for a cookie exchange.  Now, this will get awkward if everyone uses the same recipe…but that is when you can start to institute some cookie exchange rules.

So, I whipped up the cookie batter and before I baked them, I rolled them in crushed candy canes. So, now they have a wonderful holiday look and they taste like peppermint.  This is the perfect holiday cookie.

The one thing I learned the hard way was you have to bake these on parchment paper. Trust me, I did one batch without, and, well let’s just say that Jamie and I have a bag of cookie crumble to put on our favourite ice cream.  Oops :( :)

Happy Baking!

Adapted from AllRecipes
Sugar Cookie Drops


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, oil, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup white sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar; stir into the creamed mixture.
  5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, and then roll the balls in the crushed candy canes.
  6. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool on wire racks.
  7. This makes enough to share!
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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Baking, Candy, Cookies, Desserts


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Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

This is my variation on the recipe that my mom always made (and still makes today).  There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day to have a piping hot bowl of chili.  So, you may be asking, why are you sharing this recipe now, in April. Well, as you know, we live in Ottawa, and they are calling for snow this week, so I thought that sharing my recipe for chili made perfect sense! :)

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Entrée, In a Pinch, Leftovers, Vegetables


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Beef and Pepper Stir-Fry

 Beef with green and red peppers and snow peas on a bed of pasta on a white plate

This is likely my favourite recipe out of the New Dieters Cookbook. My sister was actually the first person who made it. I remember it was so good I asked for seconds (and likely thirds). Then the next time I was over for a visit, I asked her to make it again. Yep, it is that good!

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Beef, Entrée, In a Pinch, Vegetables


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Doughnut Pudding

Bread Pudding made with Doughnuts

This is a title that grabs you and makes you want to read more ;)

We have been making numerous trips to Havelock and Campbellford this summer to deal with Dad’s Estate.  Not exactly how we had planned to spend our summer, but it has allowed us to see Cherie, Dwayne and Sam more than we normally do over the summer.  So that is a definite plus!

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Baking, Breads, Desserts, Leftovers


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Mushroom Stuffed Turkey Cutlets


Grilled Turkey Cutlet Stuffed with Mushrooms

Stuffed Turkey Cutlet cut in half to see mushrooms

This is the second recipe that I submitted to Turkey Farmers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada for their #GrillOn Summer promotion. You will remember that the first recipe I made for them was the Turkey Mushroom Sausage.

I knew that I wanted to make something stuffed for this promotion. I actually wanted to make a roulade, but that didn’t turn out too well. It tasted great, but it didn’t slice or photograph very well. I am not sure if my knife wasn’t sharp enough, but it ended up looking like a turkey mushroom casserole instead of a beautiful roulade :)

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Entrée, Lemons, Paleo


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Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

My favourite muffin to make is Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip. I have been making this muffin for years. I change it up from time to time, omitting the chocolate chips for fruit, but let’s admit it, we all want that little bit of chocolate in our muffin to make it feel like a bit of a treat ;)

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts


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Turkey Mushroom Sausage Patties

Turkey Mushroom Sausage


Earlier this year I was approached by Turkey Farmers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada to create two grilling recipes to be published this summer in e-cookbooks available through Facebook. The recipes would be original and combine mushrooms and turkey. I was honoured! WOW, I never would have imagined that my small blog would have been recognized in a national capacity. Once I got over the initial shock, I started to doubt myself. Could I really create two original recipes using turkey and mushrooms? I don’t even have a BBQ!  Would my creations measure up to what they are looking for? Because they were going to compensate me, I wanted to deliver a quality product, and I was worried that I would disappoint. But, Jamie told me to go for it!  Jump in with both feet and accept the offer. So, I slept on it and decided to go for it :)

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