This has always been a holiday favorite of mine -- and it's a perfect thing to do with the kids! I know I always loved to make these cookies with my mom. And the recipe:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red food color
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy cane
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Mix butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt.
Divide dough in half; mix red food coloring into one half.
Shape 1 tsp dough from each half into 4-inch ropes. (Hint: Roll on lightly floured board for smooth, even ropes.) Place ropes side by side. Pressing the tips together, twine the two ropes together and press together lightly. Set on cookie sheet (I always spray cookie sheets with cooking spray), and curve top of rope to form candy cane handle.
Bake 7-10 minutes or until very light brown. Mix crushed candy cane and granulated sugar. Sprinkle cookies with sugar mix and remove to cooling rack.
Lindsay Below writes young adult and middle grade fiction. Her young adult science-fiction novel, Lurkers is due for release from MuseItUp on July 1st, 2011, followed shortly by her middle grade novel, Same Old Lie. Visit her online at www.lbelow.net.