Some Challenging Little Canine Candy Canes

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My human mommy and I spent most of this day wrapping up our holiday treat baking for my canine friends. You might recall that we made yummy little gingerbread men last week. This week, we tackled canine candy canes.

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Mommy found the canine candy cane recipe at, the same place where she found the recipe for the little gingerbread men. Once again, the ingredients were simple and healthy:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup nonfat powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil flavoring (optional)
  • 1 large egg (for an egg wash)

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While I supervised, Mommy whisked the flour, powdered milk, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Then, in a smaller bowl, she poured the warm water over the bouillon cube and stirred until it dissolved. (Mommy feels the need to start adding some helpful hints now. If she ever made this recipe again–and she says she probably won’t–she would dissolve the bouillon cube in a cup and then pour the liquid into the bowl.) Then Mommy whisked the eggs into the chicken liquid. She made a well in the dry ingredients, poured the wet ingredients into the well, and stirred thoroughly to combine.

At this point, things started the get a little tricky, so we don’t have any photos to share with you. If we did have photos, they might have been of Mommy pulling her hair out.

The recipe says to knead the dough for about two minutes, adding more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. (Mommy definitely added more flour.) Then separate the dough in half. Form a well in one of the balls of dough and add the red food coloring and peppermint flavoring into the well. (Just another quick note: Best of luck trying to find peppermint oil flavoring in your grocery store the week before Christmas. Mommy went to three different stores, and they were all completely sold out. So we used mint extract. It’s close.) Wearing food-safe gloves, knead the coloring and flavoring throughout the dough.

The recipe says to wear the food-safe gloves for this step because the food coloring will stain your hands red. Mommy’s gloved hands and a small section of the kitchen looked like a murder scene during this step . . . and even with the gloves protecting her hands, they ended up being slightly stained. Also, adding the extract and food coloring made the dough sticky, so Mommy added a bit more flour to the now red dough ball.

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Mommy wrapped the dough balls in plastic wrap and popped them into the freezer for 30 minutes. (There is also an option to chill the dough balls in the refrigerator for two hours, but at this point Mommy just wanted to finish this little nightmare as quickly as possible, so she went with the freezer option.)

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While the dough balls chilled, Mommy and I spent some much-needed chill time outside collecting oranges from our backyard orange tree to share with our human friends and neighbors. Mother Nature makes the very best treats!

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Back inside, Mommy preheated the oven to 350 F and divided each ball of dough into tablespoon-sized balls. She then rolled each ball into a worm shape about five inches long, twisted one plain strip with one red strip, curled the end to shape a candy cane, and placed the candy cane on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (This all sounds pretty simple, but it was actually quite a challenge . . . so much so that Mommy only used about two-thirds of the dough and then tossed the rest into the trash. And by the way, Mommy donned another pair or food-safe gloves to do all of this. The red-stained gloves proved that this had been a good decision on her part.)

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After the candy canes were on the baking sheet, Mommy whisked an egg in a small bowl and used a pastry brush to thoroughly coat each candy cane with the egg wash. (Finally, an easy step.) Then into the preheated oven those candy canes went. The recipe says to cook for 10 minutes, but we let our treats stay in for 12 minutes.

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Voila! Canine candy canes. Mommy said to take a very, very good look because it is highly unlikely that we will ever, ever make these treats again.

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Too bad, because I can tell you that the canine candy canes are quite tasty . . . but, based on Mommy’s comments throughout the day, probably not worth the trouble.

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At the end of the day, we bagged the candy canes with those yummy little gingerbread men to give to all or my doggy friends. Then we put the oranges from our tree into pretty bags to share with our human friends. Tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, we’ll take a nice morning walk around the neighborhood delivering tasty treats and spreading holiday cheer.

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But first, after a day spent tackling the challenging canine candy canes, Mommy needs a little cheer of her own!

12 Comments on “Some Challenging Little Canine Candy Canes”

  1. I really need to live in your neighborhood! What an awesome thing to do for Christmas. I love the way she is looking at you in the next to last photo. ♥ Merry Christmas y’all!

    • Wish you loved here too! We might even make extra canine candy canes for you . . . no, probably not those crazy candy canes, but we’d make something special for you. 🙂 Have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. noahzbark says:

    You and Mom are an awesome duo Harper Lee. You inspire her to make all the special canine treats and give her the moral support she needs while making them. Your friends are very fortunate to have you & Mom in their life and I’m sure they realize that.

    Wishing you and your Mom and Dad a very Merry Christmas. I know there’ll be many treats! XO

  3. Cupcake says:

    Sometimes saying a few choice words will make a difficult job easier…. I think this is true because I have heard such words from my own mom when she works on certain things – especially cooking/baking. Those candy canes look amazing, nevertheless, and your human and doggie treat bags are a lovely idea.

    Love and licks and merry Christmas, Miss HL,

  4. When I was a little child my mother had the idea to make candy cane cookies from a recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook. It was similar to this recipe, but with sweet ingredients. It looked like it was going to be a fun activity for the kids to help with, (we always helped her with the Christmas cookies). It was not. We had basically the same experience that you did and as I recall the cookies were not that tasty. We never made them again…lol. The ones you did make look good though.

  5. Those look awesome, have a great Christmas!

  6. Oh Miss Harper Lee, this post confirms what I have always suspected about the old woman Slow: she is lazy and worthless. The chances of that old lesbian actually producing anything remotely edible for us at Casa de Canterbury are remote and there your mommy is spending all day making you special candy cane treats!!
    You better show that mommy some extra LOVE this Christmas – she deserves it!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our Bayou Buddies!! 🙂

  7. Oh Miss HL, mom can’t stop laughing! She says she’s encountered a couple of recipes like that before – it all sounds good in theory but boy is it a pain when you get down to it *BOL*
    We hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!
    BIG licks & love,
    Wally & Sammy

  8. Emmadog says:

    Enjoy your cookies! They sure look real nice!

  9. Kuruk says:

    Those look yumwumwum! A Furry Merry Cwismus Miss Lee!

  10. cafall says:

    Wow – that does seem like a lot of work. They do look delicious though!

    Monty and Harlow

  11. wagsahoy says:

    Gosh, that looks like a pretty advanced recipe! Kudos for getting through it!

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