Saturday, December 06, 2008

Candy Lasses

It's PINK SATURDAY hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Be sure to visit Bev and the over 100 participants to see what cool pink things they have to share this week.
Cookies are one of the big Christmas treats in most homes. We have cookie swaps, decorating parties, and bring out all kinds of recipes that we only use for this holiday. My favorite cookie that I make at Christmas time are candy lasses. They are a molasses cookie with crushed peppermint and iced with pink peppermint icing. You can easily involve the whole family in making these because of all the candy that needs to be smashed up. I crush the candy as small as possible and use the larger pieces in the cookies and the more powdery portion for the icing.

CANDY LASS COOKIES

Mix together...
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ginger
Set aside.


In a separate bowl...
Cream 2/3 cup butter.
Add ¼ cup sugar & ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar.
Cream very well.
Blend in 1 unbeaten egg & 2 tablespoons molasses.
Beat well.
Add ½ cup finely crushed peppermint stick candy & the dry ingredients mixed earlier.
Mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.
Frost using recipe below.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Peppermint Frosting
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons crushed peppermint candy
2 tablespoons soft butter
a few drops of red food coloring
Blend in 1-2 tablespoons milk until the mixture is of desired consistency.
I hope you try these cookies and your family enjoys them! Speaking of peppermint, have you seen the new Junior Mints this year?

41 comments:

The Muse said...

oh I bet they are good!

Smilingsal said...

This is a new one to me. Happy Pink Saturday!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Mmmm, peppermint. I'll have to give these cookies a go. Didn't know about the Junior Mints, but will have to search them out next time I'm at the store. Thanks for the recipe and the tip. xxoo

Mildred said...

I've never seen this recipe before and look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing and I hope you will have a nice weekend.

Neabear said...

These look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Mmmmmmmmmm, sugar! Love your PINK post, so much to eat!

~ Gabriela ~

Lorrie said...

Hi Elizabeth thanks for stopping by to visit. Your cookies look really good. I'd love to try it when my daughter gets home from college next week. She loves to bake with me.

Connie said...

Elizabeth sweet cherub, I'm embarrassed to say I've never been here. I had no idea you were fighting for your health. I don't know why I was drawn here today as I've seen you post on my blog, I believe, but if not I've certainly seen your sweet face around the blogs. Yep, I'm sometimes a "lurker" but not very often as I looooove to talk! I guess it's just time constraints. But I'll be back because I'm putting you on my Google Reader and will KNOW when you update your blog. If you haven't been to my blog then come on over for a giveaway, chickadee. I'd love for you to win "something"!! Bless your little valiant heart..... :-)

Smooches for all the times I've missed,
Connie

g said...

The combination of molasses and peppermint would be very interesting. And so pretty! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Happy pink Saturday!

squawmama said...

Thank You Thank You Thank You... I will be making these... These will be going into my bloggin recipe file... They look so yummy and I know my family will love them... Have a great day Elizabeth...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Stephanie said...

Mmmmm...yummy!!


Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie

Joy said...

The recipe sounds sooo yummy!

jeanne said...

Hello Elizabeth, your 'candy lass cookies' look so good. They are festive too. I will try them for our cookie bake day. Something new to offer. thank you very much for sharing your recipe.

The tree plates are Johnson Bros. England. Thanks for your sweet comment. I do love them.

Christmas cheer...Jeanne

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth, these look good, thanks for sharing!
Happy Pink Saturday,
Love, Ann

Sondra Behne' said...

Thanks for the recipes...my sister inlaw and i have just begun a once a week cooking class thru the winter....I'll give them a try.

Do stop by when you get a chance and check out the pink contest we have going on right now @ themanyshadesofpink.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there.

Sondra

Oh2122 said...

Yummy!

No I have not seen the new Junior Mints! I LOVE JM's. I have been known to put a melted box in the fridge and chip off pieces... oh the shame!

Happy first snow of the year day, too. At least first measurable snow here...

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

My husband is a Junior Mints nut. I'll have to get these for him. He'll love them! I never cared for Junior Mints because my older sis would always buy those for herself when we were at the movies instead of the Raisinets I wanted. But that's a whole blog post by itself!

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, these sounds so yummy. I love peppermint.

Happy Pink Saturday.

Rue said...

Hi Elizabeth :)

Those sound really really great! I'll have to try those out. We always make a few different kinds of cookies to hand out to everyone and those sound perfect :)

Have a beautiful Sunday!
rue

krissy said...

Yum! and so pretty! Thanks for the advice, and visiting my blog!

ann said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS YUMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY...ANN

Tammy said...

These cookies look wonderful! ANd as I know firsthand thanks to you, those Peppermint Jr. Mints are delish!

Pearl said...

Oh, my. I think I've (you've) just added to my Christmas cookie repertoire. :-)

The Junior Mints aren't looking too bad either!

Pearl

Fifi Flowers said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Yummy PINK cookies! I'm not a mint fan... but my family is!

kari and kijsa said...

Yummy! A fabulous pink post!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

imjacobsmom said...

What a yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing this. Hope you had a Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

Bridget said...

I found the Junior Mints yesterday, yummy! Thanks for the tip.

LenaLoo said...

That sounds super good, I will have to make these this season!

Vodka Mom said...

I LOVE to get new recipes! Thanks- they look great!!

sandy said...

They look yummy! I have not seen those new Junior Mints, but I am on the hunt for them now. YUM!

DESJ and Company said...

those look DELICIOUS!
Congrats FB!

Vanessa Rogers said...

oh my my my, those sound tasty!

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

oh wow!! these look AMAZING!!!! I love holiday baking!

bloggingexperiments said...

the cookies look yum-o!

Michelle said...

These look so yummy!

Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

Thank You for sharing!
I think I just might try these this week! Super easy!
Thanks!
Love your blog & all the inspiration!
Best Wishes~
Joelle XO

Angie said...

Yum!

Clippergirl56 said...

Those cookies sound delicious. I love mint. The Junior Mints sound tasty to me too. Happy SITS Day

Walk in the Woods said...

These look lovely ... and simple! I may have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing.

WheresMyAngels said...

I've never seen the peppermint Jr mints before.

Lisa said...

Those peppermint candy's look really good.