Candy Cane Cookies


These are a Christmas favorite.  My wife makes them to give as presents.  Presents to my belly mostly.
Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened (you could use margarine but really?)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375º.  Mix butter, shortening, confectioners sugar, egg and flavorings.  Blend in flour and salt.  Divide dough in half, blend food color into one half.  As a side note we use red food color in half and green in the other.  It makes for red and green cookies and is so Christmasy that Rudolph may visit and refuse to leave. 

Shape 1tsp dough from each half into 4in. rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on a lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. (Not you, the ropes.)  Place on uncreased baking sheet.  Curve top down to form handle of candy cane.

Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very lightly brown.  Mix candy and granulated sugar.  Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet.


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