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Candy Cane Cookies - 1999

2 cups butter , softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks 2 tsp. vanilla 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1/2 tsp. salt 3 tbsp. peppermint candy red food colouring Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla , mix well. Sift flour and salt together, beat into butter mixture, well mixed. Divide dough in half. To one half add 1/2 tsp. red food colour. To the other half no food colour or you can use green food colour. Roll a 4 inch strip of each colour (no thinner than a pencil). Place the two coloured rolls side-by-side and press tightly together. Gently twist like a rope. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Curve the top like a candy cane. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 15 minutes. Do not brown. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy. Makes 20-30 cookies. Submitted by: Teena MacLennan, Breadalbane

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