CANDY CANE COOKIES
(3 1/2 dozen)
*1 cup butter
*1 cup confectioners sugar
*1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/2 cup crushed peppermint hard candies (or candy canes)
*1/2 cup sugar
*2-4 drops of red food coloring.
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~In a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners sugar, egg, almond extract, & vanilla extract.
~Beat until smooth.
~Mix in flour & salt.
~Divide dough half.
~Mix in food coloring into one half of the dough.
~Roll each color into 4-inch strips (heaping teaspoon for each 4-inch strip)
~Twist the red & white strips together to resemble a candy cane.
~Curve top down to form the candy cane handle.
~Bake for 9-10 minutes.
~Mix crushed peppermint candy and sugar together in a medium bowl.
~While still warm, roll into peppermint sugar mixture.
-substitute almond extract for 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
-if your kids aren't crazy about peppermint candy canes, use a flavored candy cane that they like.