Each year I make lots of cookies and put them in gift boxes for our sons and family. I made this cookie for the first time in 2008, they were a huge hit with everyone especially the little ones and they really stand out on a cookie patter at parties. It is the first cookie that goes first! I got this recipe off of a Philly Cream Cheese box.
In a small bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond extract next. Combine the flour and salt in a separate bowl and gradually add it to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Divide the dough in half and add about 6 to 7 drops of food coloring to one half. (More if you want it darker).
Take one tablesppon of each color and roll it into 4 inch ropes. Place the ropes side by side; lightly press ends together and twist to form a candy cane.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 9 to 10 minutes or until lightly borwn. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Cool completely.