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Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
8 Mins
Other Time
15 Mins
Yield
Makes about 4 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 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

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