candy cane cookies

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By Adrienne May
from New Castle, DE

This is one of the Christmas cookies I used to bake with my mother when I was a little girl. It is a special recipe in our family, not sure how old it is, but it has been around at least since the 70's lol!

method Bake

Ingredients For candy cane cookies

  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    almond extract
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • red food coloring drops

How To Make candy cane cookies

  • 1
    preheat oven to 350
  • 2
    Cream butter, shortening and sugar.
  • 3
    add egg and extracts.
  • 4
    Add dry ingredients. Separate dough evenly into two bowls and using red food coloring, tint half of dough to desired shade of red.
  • 5
    Take a walnut sized piece of red dough and a walnut sized piece of white dough. Separately, roll each color on a lightly floured surface, into a rope. Place the two ropes side by side, gently press together, and twist the two ropes to form a spiral and then shape each cookie into a cane shape by bending one end into a hook shape. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 6
    Bake 8-9 minutes until browned.
  • 7
    I often bake this cookie without making the candy cane shape. I make them round and then do the criss cross with the tines of a fork that you often see on peanut butter cookies and sprinkle with colored sugar!