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This is my husbands Christmas cookie, his mom used to make these every year for christmas... I really don't like making them... I understand why she doesn't make them, they are a pain and take a lot of time. Something I don't have a lot of specially around the holidays. But I love my husband, so I make one batch and one batch only. This is also a dry cookie which I don't like either so my husband usually eats the whole batch.


  • 1 cup shortening mix
  • (1/2 butter/1/2 shortening)
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp crushed peppermind candy
  • 1/2 cup grandulated sugar


  • Mix shortening mixture, confectioners' sugar, egg and flavorings.
  • Mix flour and salt and add to wet mixture. Divide dough in half.
  • Blend food coloring into one half (wear gloves!)
  • on a side bowl mix peppermint candy and grandulated sugar together, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Roll dough into a 4" strip, using 1tsp of dough, roll them on a lightly (very lightly) floured surface.
  • place the strips side by side, press together lightly and twist like a rope. Do these one at a time.
  • Place dough on ungreased sheet and curve top down to form the candy cane shape.
  • Bake 9 mins, until very lightly browned.
  • As soon as you take them out of the oven sprinkle with candy and sugar mixture.

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