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Mint Candy Cane Cookies

 Mint Candy Cane Cookies
Guests will have a merry time munching these mild mint cookies. The cute crunchy candy canes are easy to form once you color the dough - just roll into ropes and twist together.
36 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Green and red food coloring

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in milk, egg and
  • extracts. Gradually add flour and salt. Set aside half of the dough.
  • Divide remaining dough in half; add green food coloring to one
  • portion and red food coloring to the other. Wrap dough separately in
  • plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll 1/2 teaspoonfuls of each color of dough into 3-in. ropes. Place
  • each green rope next to a white rope; press together gently and
  • twist. Repeat with red ropes and remaining white ropes. Place 2 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets. Curve one end, forming a cane.
  • Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes;
  • carefully remove to wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 121 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 46 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.