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Dessert: Candy Cane Cookies III -

Candy Cane Cookies III

Recipe Ingredients:

1cupbutter or margarine, softened
1tspalmond extract
3 1/2cupall purpose flour
1tspbaking powder
2Tbspfinely crushed peppermint candies
2Tbspsugar (for coating)
1/2tspred food coloring

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Preheat oven to 375F. Mix ingredients together to make a dough. Divide dough into halves. Add 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring to one half of the dough.
2.   For each candy cane, shape one teaspoon of dough from each half (colored and not colored), into four inch ropes by rolling the dough back and forth on a floured surface. Place one red and one white rope side by side: press together lightly and twist.
3.   Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Curve the top of the cookie down to form the handle of the cane. Bake until set and very light brown, 9-12 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies and 2 tablespoons sugar together and sprinkle immediately over hot, baked cookies. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.
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