A Favorite.Posted: December 22, 2011
These cookies have been a tradition in my family for years. My Mom started making them when we were kids, and they have been made every single year since she first tried them. So yummy.
Candy Cane Cookies
½ cup butter
½ cup shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tbls almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
Red food coloring
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix butter, shortening, sugars, eggs, and flavorings thoroughly. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half. Blend food coloring into one half of the cookie dough, and leave the other half white.
Using a small amount of red, and a small amount of white doughs, roll into a cylinder, and twist the two doughs together like a candy cane.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 8-12 minutes.
When my sister and I started making them, we have increased the amount of almond extract. We both love all things almond flavored. This is the original recipe, but if you like almond extract too, you can double it, for super almondy goodness.
My girls are going to my sister’s house tomorrow afternoon while I am at work to make these, and sugar cookies. They are both really excited to get to do some baking and spend some time with their Aunt and cousins.