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Candy Cane Cookies

Yield 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, beating well.

  2. Combine flour, soda, and salt in a small mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Divide dough in half; tint one half with red food coloring. Wrap each half in waxed paper; chill 2 hours.

  3. Shape into 6- x 1/4-inch ropes on a lightly floured surface. Place plain ropes and red ropes together, and twist gently. Place on greased cookie sheets, and shape into candy canes. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on cookie sheets, and remove to wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

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