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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Use peppermints to give these cookies real candy-cane flavor. The kids'll go crazy for this ultra-sweet dessert!

Cooking Time9 min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, egg and flavorings.
     
  2. Blend in flour and salt.  Divide dough in half, blend food coloring into one half.
     
  3. Shape 1 teaspoon dough from each half into 4" rope.
     
  4. For smooth even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side.
     
  5. Press together lightly and twist. Complete cookies one at a time.
     
  6. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown.
     
  7. Mix candy and granulated sugar. Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture. Remove from baking sheet. Or replace almond and vanilla extracts with 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Eliminate candy sprinkle after cooking.

 

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