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Candy Cane Cookies

No recipe image available.Festive pepperment-flavored candy cane-shaped cookies with ground coconut in the dough.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sweetened flake coconut, finely chopped in food processor or blender
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/8 teaspoon red food coloring

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until blended. Beat in egg until fluffy. Reduce to low speed, gradually fold in flour just until blended.
  2. Divide the dough in half.
  3. In a small bowl, mix finely chopped coconut and vanilla; dip one-half dough in coconut until coated, set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix in peppermint extract and red food coloring; dip remaining half. Chill for 1 hour, or until firm.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  6. Working with a small amount of each half dough at a time, roll into 1/4-inch ropes. Cut into 3-inch lengths and twist together. Bend over the top part to make a candy cane shape. Place 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just golden on the bottom.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.