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Candy Cane Cookies

cup margarine, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract 1 tsp. vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. red food colouring 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy 1/2 cup white sugar Heat oven to 375 F. Mix margarine, shortening, confectioners sugar, egg and flavourings. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half; blend food colour into one half. Shape 1 tsp. dough from each half into 4-inch rope. Roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist into a candy cane shape. Complete cookies one at a time. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of each cane. Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown. Mix candy and sugar. Sprinkle on cookies immediately. Remove from baking sheet. Makes about 4 dozen. Submitted by Penny Simmons, Montague.

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