Almond candy cane cookies
Almond candy cane cookies
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Recipe Yield: Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus chilling time for the dough | Makes about 4 dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter 1 1/2 cups shortening 3 cups powdered sugar 3 eggs 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons almond extract 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 teaspoons salt Scant 9 cups (38 ounces) flour Red food coloring

Step 1 In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, then add the almond and vanilla extracts. Add the salt, then slowly add the flour, a little at a time, until completely incorporated to form the dough.

Step 2 Divide the dough in half. Cover and refrigerate half. To the other half, add enough food coloring to turn the dough a rich pink. Cover the other half; and refrigerate both pieces of dough about 30 minutes.

Step 3Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Step 4Form the cookies: Take a heaping tablespoon each of the pink and white dough. Roll each piece into a strip, then take the two strips and place them side by side so they are touching each other. Roll them together so you have one uniform piece, red on one side and white on the other, then twist to swirl. Twist the dough to form the shape of a candy cane. Continue forming the cookies with all of the dough.

Step 5Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet until set, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the hot cookies from the sheet carefully, as the "hook" of the cane can break easily; allowing them to sit on the cookie sheet for a minute or so after baking makes the removal a bit easier. Glaze while hot.

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