My family makes these Candy Cane Cookies every Christmas. They are so yummy, but they don’t taste at all like candy canes. Instead, they are made with the delicious taste of almond and vanilla extracts. If you are adventurous, they are fun to make with your kids because they can play with the dough when you are making candy canes. Since I made these for Christmas Day, I chose to bake them while my daughters were at school.
Candy Cane Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, egg and flavorings. Blend in the flour, which has been sifted with the salt. Divide in half; blend food color into one half.
Shape on teaspoon dough from each half into a four inch rope; roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.
Bake about 9-11 minutes or until set and very light brown.