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Level
very easy
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
75 min
Makes
18 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup
butter, softened
250 mL
1 cup
sugar
250 mL
3 1/2 cups
all-purpose flour, sifted
875 mL
1 tsp
baking powder
5 mL
pinch of salt
1/2 cup
milk
125 mL
1 tsp
peppermint extract
5 mL
red food colouring

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture until almost combined and dough starts to form. Blend in milk and peppermint extract completely, then mix in remaining flour mixture.
Step 2
Divide dough into 2 equal portions; place in separate bowls. Knead in drops of food colouring into 1 portion to attain a reddish colour. (Note: Green food colouring can be used instead.) Leave the second portion plain.
Step 3
Using mounded tablespoons of dough, roll each piece into a rope about 4-in. (10-cm) long. Make 18 red and 18 plain ropes. Pair 1 of each colour. Pinch together each pair at one end; twist the colours together. Roll each twist into a smooth rope, about ½-in. (1-cm) thick. Bend the ropes into candy cane shapes. Make 18 canes.
Step 4
Bake in batches on lined baking sheets, 12 to 15 min., until cookies begin to firm up and turn pale golden on bottoms. Cool on baking sheet 5 min. before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container 2 to 3 days.

Tip

Baked and cooled cookies can be layered between waxed paper or plastic wrap in airtight container and frozen up to 1 month. Or separately wrap the 2 doughs tightly in plastic wrap, seal in freezer bag and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw doughs and proceed with recipe.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Description:
Per serving (1 cookie):
Calories:
230
Fat:
11
Saturated Fat:
7
Carbs:
30
Fibre:
1
Sugar:
12
Cholesterol:
30 mg
Protein:
3
Sodium:
110 mg
Potassium:
0