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Contributed by Annee. Thanks!

Makes 36 cookies.

"When my brothers and I were younger, we used to "help" my mom make cookies to decorate the tree. We made Candy Cane Cookies for the tree and if you wrap them in plastic wrap you can hang them in the tree just like a regular candy cane! I remember sitting next to my mom at the table twisting the cookie dough until it looked right and making candy cane shapes, I tell you those were the times when my mom had some peace and quiet because we were working so hard to make the perfect candy cane. Now that I am a mom, I asked my mom for the recipe to her secret candy cane cookies. She told me, 'honey they're just sugar cookies.' To make these secret cookies all you have to do is make sugar cookie dough and before you put it in the refrigerator to cool, take half the dough and work in some red food coloring. When you take it out of the fridge, take small balls of the dough and roll them into snakes. Take one snake of each color and twist them together to make the candy can effect. Hook the end to make a candy cane, put it on the baking sheet and bake as usual, when done, let cool, wrap and hang in your tree. They're lots of fun to make and it's a great thing to do with your kids. My brother and I are grown now and we still get together to make these cookies for our mom."



Candy Cane Cookies
Ingredients:
 • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
 • 1/3 cup shortening
 • 3/4 cup sugar
 • 1 teaspoon baking powder
 • pinch salt
 • 1 egg
 • 1 teaspoon vanilla
 • 2 cups all-purpose flour
 • optional: red or green food coloring
Directions:
 1.  Collect all of the ingredients above and
     bring them to your work area along with
     a bowl for mixing, a measuring cup,
     measuring spoons, a tablespoon, a wooden
     spoon, an electric mixer, a cookie
     sheet, oven mitts and a spatula.
 2.  Beat butter and shortening thoroughly
     with an electric mixer on medium speed
     or a pastry cutter.
 3.  Add sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt and mix until well combined.
 4.  Beat in egg and vanilla then as much flour as you can with the electric mixer. Add the floor about 1/4
     cup at a time.
 5.  Stir in the remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
 6.  Optional: Split the dough in half. Mix food coloring into one of the halves.
 7.  Cover with saran wrap and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
 8.  Preheat oven to 325F
 9.  Roll snakes out of the two colors of dough and twist the two snakes together. Cut off when it's about 4
     inches long and leave each as a straight "stick" or turn the top to make a candy cane shape. Young
     helpers can make simpler round "candy cane ornament" cookies by taking a bit of white dough and rolling
     it into a ball with a bit of red dough. Then flatten the ball down to make a colorful round cookie.
 10. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for about 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly
     browned (don't overcook).
 11. While the cookies are baking, tidy your work space.
 12. Remove the cookies from the pan with a spatula and place in a single layer on plates or a wire rack to
     cool.

 

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