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Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.  
  • Cream shortening and sugar together until fluffy.
  • add eggs one at a time, beating well
  • add vanilla and milk and beat in.  
  • Add flour mixture and blend well.  
  • Divide dough in half and add food coloring to one half.  
  • Wrap each in waxed paper and chill for 2 hours.
  • To form canes:
  • Roll dough into strips; lay red and white strips side by side and starting from the middle wrap one around the other, then curl one end to form the cane.  
  • Bake 8-10 minutes at 375°.  
  • Do not overbake.  Yields several dozen.

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