Monday, December 13, 2010

The Monday Recipe Blog

We are right in the middle of the holiday season, and it's a great time for another Lois Mueller recipe!

Today, straight from the recipe box of Lois Elaine Mueller, is a recipe for Candy Cane Cookies. For the next several months I will be featuring Lois Elaine's recipes every Monday. Her heyday was in the 1950's and 1960's, and her children swear she was the best cook that ever lived. Many baby boomers will remember these mouth-watering recipes, and these dishes are just as tasty today as they were in the sixties.

Lois was an expert cookie-maker, and her kids swear by her Candy Cane Cookies.  So, let's give them a try!

Lois Elaine's Candy Cane Cookies:

1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sifted powder sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t. almond flavoring
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/2 c. crushed candy cane
1/2 c. sugar
Red food coloring

Mix all ingredients together and divide in half, putting each half in a medium bowl.  To one bowl, add the red food coloring until the dough is nice and red.  Take a piece of the white dough and roll it between your hands to make a worm of at least two inches.  Do the same with the red dough.  Then twist the two together and bend the end to resemble a candy cane.

Bake at 375 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet for about 9 minutes.  Mix the crushed candy cane and sugar and sprinkle this mixture onto the cookies when they come out of the oven.

Note:  When I made these cookies, they took a LOT of time.  Rolling two little dough worms, then twisting them together for every cookie was a pain in the keester.  Crushing the candy canes was not pleasant, either.  These cookies are good and look like Christmas, but be prepared to spend some time.

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