December 1, 2010

24 Days of Christmas Recipes - Day 1

Every year I grew up making 'Candy Cane Cookies' with my family. They are a bit intensive, but well worth the effort, and everyone I've ever had the joy to give them to has appreciated them. Please find below these delicious almond cookies. I had to cheat and find a picture on line, as I can't seem to locate any pictures of my own. As the month progresses, I hope to include my own baking efforts for the Holiday season. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY RECIPES! :) I love to try new ones all the time!

- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup confectioner sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Combine all ingredients except food coloring. Divide dough in half and put red food coloring in one batch. Blend well; place in two pieces of wax paper and wrap. Chill in fridge over night or several hours. Remove and pinch off a palm size piece of each and roll into worm-like (roughly 6-8 in) strips. Wrap white and red dough and hook to a candy cane shape. Bake at 350 for roughly 20-25 mins (watch until white appears golden brown).


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