Candy Cane Cookies
1/2 C Butter or margarine, softened
1/2 C Shortening
1 C Confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tsp Almond extract
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/2 C All-purpose flour*
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Red food color
1/2 C Crushed peppermint candy
1/2 C Granulated sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, egg and flavorings. Blend in flour and salt.
Divide dough in half; blend food color into one half.
Shape 1 teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope.
For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist.
Complete cookies one at a time.
Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Curve top down to form handle of cane.
Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown.
Mix candy and granulated sugar.
Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet.
About 4 dozen cookies