Peppermint Cookie Canes

recipe
While shaping the cookies, keep the rest of the dough covered with plastic wrap so it won't dry out.

Yield:

Makes about 4 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes
Cook: 8 Minutes
Other: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 87
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Fat 4.2 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 1.5 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 0.7 g
Carbohydrate 11.8 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Sodium 42 mg
Calcium 11 mg

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon red food coloring paste

Preparation

1. Combine butter and shortening in a big mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg, beating well. Stir in peppermint and vanilla extracts. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well. Remove half of dough from bowl. Add food coloring paste to dough in bowl, and mix until color is evenly distributed.

2. Shape plain dough by teaspoonfuls into 4-inch ropes. Do the same thing with red dough. Place 1 red rope and 1 plain rope side by side; gently twist together. Roll twisted ropes into 1 rope. Shape into a cane, and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Do the same thing all over again with remaining ropes. Chill 15 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 375°.

4. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes or just until lightly brown. Remove baking sheets from oven using oven mitts. Cool slightly. Carefully remove cookies to wire racks, using a spatula. Cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Southern Living Kids Cookbook,

Oxmoor House

August 2008
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