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Candy Cane Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

  • ½ cup butter or margarine (softened)
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, egg, and flavorings. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half. Blend food coloring into one half. Shape 1 tsp. of dough from each half into 4-inch rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side. Press together lightly and twist. Make cookies one at a time, and place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.
  • Bake about 10 minutes, or until very light brown.

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August 29, 2014

Eating a colorful diet or fruits and veggies helps ensure your child is getting the nutrients he needs to keep his brain sharp while at school. Aim to pack three or more different colored foods in his lunch (or for snack) every day.

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