Canes and crooks for Christmas
The meanings of canes and crooks
A cane, or a crook was used by shepherds in herding their sheep. It was also carried by the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. The crook and flail were two symbols of God and often shown with the Egyptian God, Osiris. It symbolized the Godly attributes of Pharaoh to shepherd and lead his people.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd and is often associated with this symbol — now a Christmas symbol when made with confectioners sugar — the candy cane.
Here’s a Christmas cookie activity for the whole family. These cookies are easy and fun to make. Even the littlest hands can participate. Set them out for Santa, or share them with friends and family.
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
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- 2½ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon red food coloring
- Mix butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add egg yolks and vanilla, mix.
- Add flour and mix dough until smooth.
- Divide dough in half, leave one half in the mixer.
- Add red food coloring to half of the dough and mix thoroughly, using mixer.
- Chill dough for 30 to 60 mins.
- Take a small ball of red dough and roll into a snake, about 4 to 5 inches long. Take a small ball of white dough and roll into a snake. Lay the two next to each other and twist them. Shape into a cane.
- Place on a cookies sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and crushed candy canes (optional).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8- 10 minutes.