Delicious Candy Cane Hacks

Candy canes and Christmas just go hand in hand. Get the wonderful flavors of this seasonal stick without the time commitment of that hooked confection: Here are five ways to enjoy candy canes that will change your Christmas game.

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Want a candy-cane flavored breakfast drink? Check. How about an adults-only take on candy canes? Yep. And canes are an obvious addition to dessert -- try them on the edges of ice cream sandwiches, the ends of fluffy marshmallows, and even in the batter of chocolate chip cookies.

Candy Cane Cosmo

Keep the kids away from this alcoholic take on Christmas' favorite candy. Unwrap 1 candy cane per 1 cup vodka, or 3 candy canes per 750 ml bottle. Let the candy cane dissolve in the alcohol over 30 minutes. Pour in a single-serving glass with ice and mix in half-and-half to taste.

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwiches

This couldn't be simpler: Roll the slightly softened edge of your ice cream sandwich in crushed candy canes. Our favorite combo?: Double-chocolate cookies with vanilla ice cream rolled in the canes.

Candy Cane Cookies

Sure to be Santa's new favorite cookie! Mix 1/3 cup coarsely crushed candy canes into one recipe of chocolate chip cookie dough. Bake as directed.

Candy Cane Marshmallows

These marshmallows would make a delicious food gift. To make, insert a skewer into a large marshmallow. Partially dip the marshmallow in dark, milk, or white chocolate, then dip in finely crushed candy canes.

Candied Coffee Creamer

Candy canes in the a.m.? Justify it with this breakfast drink that turns your everyday coffee into a Christmas brew. To make a few servings, mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup crushed candy canes, and 1 cup of milk or half-and-half. Shake vigorously before pouring into your java.

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