I have been baking these cookies ever since I was old enough to roll the cookies into candy canes. This is one of the first cookies my mom taught me how to make and one of the first holiday cookies I taught my boys to make at Christmas. While they look a bit complicated, they are actually pretty easy to make. People love to get these for gifts at Christmas time. The trick is not eating them all before it's time to give them out as Christmas presents!
The first thing that you want to do is gather everything for your recipe, there is nothing worse than starting a recipe only to find out that your out of one of the ingredients. For these cookies you will need butter, flour, powdered sugar, eggs, almond extract, vanilla extract, salt and peppermint chips.
For over 30 years I've made my own peppermint chips by putting a candy cane in a paper bag and using a hammer to break it all up. This year I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the grocery store and found peppermint chips all ready to use in a little container in the holiday baking section.