Monday, December 14, 2009

Cookie Exchange Party

Just had a great cookie exchange party.....this is a great way to socialize, drink wine, plus get a huge variety of cookies without having to bake a whole lot.

The way that it works is this: everyone bakes 3-6 dozen cookies, brings them to the party, and then all of the cookies are distributed evenly between all of the guests!

This is the recipe that I contributed. It is from the "Betty Crocket Baking Classics", a family favorite. They are pretty simple to make, and if you like almond flavoring like me they really hit the spot! (they are the pink and white cookies pictured above; for some reason I never put on the peppermint candy nor the granulated sugar, but it would probably be a tasty addition!)

Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1-1/2 t. almond or peppermint extract
1 t. vanilla
2-1/2 cups flour
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. red food color
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat oven to 375. Mix powdered sugar, margarine, shortening, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Divide dough into halves. Tint 1 half with food color.

Four each candy cane, shape 1 teaspoon dough from each part into 4-inch rope. For smooth, even strips, roll back and forth on lightly floured board. Place 1 red and 1 white strip side by side; press together lightly and twist. Complete cookies 1 at a time. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane. Bake until set and very light brown, about 9 minutes. Mix candy and granulates sugar; immediately sprinkle over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet. About 3 dozen cookies.

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