I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Candy Cane Cookies

Bill & Tonia really like this recipe. I've made this every year since I've been married. You should give it a try, they are so festive.

(3 1/2 dozen)

*1 cup butter
*1 cup confectioners sugar
*1 egg
*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.

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