Santa's Favorite Cane Cookies Recipe

1 C.  butter
1/2 C.  powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t.  salt
2 C. flour
1/4 t. baking powder
Peppermint frosting (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 F..

Cream butter. Add sugar gradually. Blend in vanilla, salt, flour and baking powder. Shape level teaspoonfuls of dough into pencil-like strips. Turn one end to resemble a cane and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven about 10 minutes. Remove to cool on racks.

Peppermint frosting

3 T.  whipping cream, about
1 1/2 C.  powdered sugar
1 t.  vanilla extract
1/4 t. peppermint extract
Red food coloring

Add enough cream to sugar to make frosting of spreading consistency. Add vanilla and peppermint. Divide frosting into two equal parts. Color one part red.

Meanwhile, prepare peppermint frosting. Use to decorate the cooled cookie canes with alternate stripes of red and white.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.


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