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December 10, 2000

Candy Cane Cookies

I always make a pile of cookies for our company Christmas party (this coming Saturday). I know that right now, I don't have a huge amount of time... so I'm trying to get things set up to make as possible to make the cookies as close as I can to Satuday so they will be nice and fresh. :-) Tonight, I made the dough for Candy Cane Cookies so I can just put them together in a few days. Here's the recipe, courtesy of Betty Crocker:
Candy Cane Cookies
PREP: 40 min; CHILL: 4 hr; BAKE: 12 min/batch
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened (do not use spread or tub products)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food color
2 tablespoons finely crushed hard peppermint candy
2 tablespoons sugar

  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the margarine, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 375°.
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and 1 white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.
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