Candy Cane Cookies

CandyCaneCookiesCelebrations for Christmas and our wedding anniversary are always mixed together since Joe and I were married three days after Christmas in 1963.  That tells you that this year marks 50 years of marriage for us, so preparations for both Christmas and our anniversary are woven together in very special ways.  One of the ways is fondly remembering many of the things we have done together for so many years, and traditions we began to make our own as we started our family.  I can’t remember how many years we have made Candy Cane cookies.  The Betty Crocker recipe came from a magazine and is clipped and Scotch taped to a page from a small notebook I kept for recipes.  It has been used so many times it is yellowed and frayed, even missing some pieces.  It reminds me of the skin horse in the Velveteen Rabbit.  When our sons were small, they loved mixing and coloring the dough, shaping the balls, and then watching the strips lengthen as they rolled them on a floured tea towel.  As years passed, they became more creative and adept at shaping.  This is a fun family project!

Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

red food coloring

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together softened butter and powdered sugar, then mix with egg, almond and vanilla extracts.

Whisk flour and salt together and stir into butter and sugar mixture.  Divide dough into halves.  Mix 1/2 tsp red food coloring into 1 half. Working one cookie at a time, take a heaping teaspoon of each color of dough nd shape into balls.  Lay the ball of dough on lightly floured tea towel on counter and roll into strips about 4 inches long.  Lay strips side by side and gently pinch one end together, then twist like a rope. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove carefully while warm with spatula to wire rack.  You may wish to sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or crushed peppermint, but this is optional.

 

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