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Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup oleo, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, measured then sifted
1 egg
1 12 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 12 cups flour, measured then sifted
1 teaspoon salt
peppermint candy, crushed (optional)
unbleached cane sugar (optional)


Heat oven to 375F. Mix oleo, egg, almond extract, vanilla and powdered sugar together. In separate bowl, combine flour & salt. Slowly add to creamed mixture. Divide dough add red food coloring to one half. Take 1 tsp of each color. Roll each into 4 1/2 inch strips. Lay next to each other, roll once or twice to "attach". Gently twist and form into candy cane shape. Lay on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Optional: after removed from oven, sprinkle with mixture of equal parts crushed peppermints and sugar.

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