1 cup butter (no substitutes)
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or 4 to 6 drops oil of cinnamon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
1/4 teaspoon green food coloring
In mixing bowl, beat butter 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl often.
Knead red food coloring into one portion of the dough. Knead green food coloring into another portion. Leave the remaining dough plain. Cover and chill dough 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
To make candy canes, on a lightly floured surface, shape a 3/4-inch ball of the plain cookie dough into a 5-inch rope. Repeat with a 3/4-inch ball of red cookie dough and one of green dough.
Place the ropes side by side and twist together. Pinch ends to seal. Form into a cane shape. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 375 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Makes about 36 cookies.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 90, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 20, carb. (g) 9, sodium (mg) 57, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet