"This year, Christmas will be ours!".... seemed to echo through my head as I came up with this festive and delicious cookie for the holiday season. The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been in my top 10 favorite movies of all time, and I thought it would be proper to create a cookie taking inspiration from the movie.
These cookies pack a delicious buttery sweet crunch that melds beautifully with the cool peppermint candy on your tongue. But you must be wondering by now why in the world I paired Agent Orange with these two flavors. Simple. Have you ever stuck those candy canes with the holes down the center into a ripe orange? If your roll an orange around on the counter with your hand to release the juices then stick one of those candy canes in it, you can drink the juice. It was something my Father showed me, which still to this day if I can find those candy canes, I will stick them into any orange I can find. Absolutely delicious! I figured if this always tasted good, so would adding Agent Orange into the sugar cookies.
The citrus and deep orange rind flavor to the Agent Orange exalted the sweet yet buttery cookie base and paired beautifully on the tongue with the peppermint. These cookies make great gifts, party favors, dessert for buffet tables/dessert tables, for yourself, and of course, Sandy Claws. Enjoy and happy holidays!
Mise en place:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup pastry flour
1 cup Agent Orange cannabutter at room temperature (7.5 grams)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup crushed candy canes (more or less depending on your taste)
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
In a bowl combine the sugar, butter, and extracts. Now add in the flours, crushed candy canes, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir until well combined then stir in the milk. Continue to stir until the mixture turns into a soft dough.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place the cookies on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown. Transfer to a cooling rack until the cookies cool down then serve. This recipe will yield 15 large Agent Orange Peppermint Sugar Cookies.