Peppermint stick cookies
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Peppermint stick cookies
Last updated 6/12/2012 12:50:26 AM. Recipe ID 11881. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Peppermint stick cookies
 Categories: Cookies and, Holidays, Sent to lis
      Yield: 45 Servings
      1 c  Stick Margarine, Softened
  1 1/2 c  Confectioner's Sugar
      1    Egg
      1 ts Vanilla
      1 ts Peppermint Extract
  2 1/2 c  All-Purpose Flour
      1 ts Baking Soda
      1 ts Cream Of Tartar
      1 ts Red Food Coloring
    1/4 ts Yellow Food Coloring
           Confectioners Sugar For
  In large mixer bowl mix margarine, sugar, egg, vanilla, and peppermint
  extract. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda and cream of
  tartar. Blrnd into creamed mixture on low speed, scraping sides of
  bowl, until a soft dough is formed.
  Divide dough in half, removing one half to a small bowl. To the
  remaining hald add the red and yellow food colorings. Blend in to
  color all of that portion of the dough completely.
  Preheat oven to 375f.
  Working first with the plain uncolored dough, or having another
  person or child work with half of the dough, roll pieces of dough on
  counter or other flat surface to form "worm" or pencil shapes or
  various lengths. Begining in one corner and alternating the colors,
  place them diagonally in a jelly roll pan. The stripes should be
  close enough that when they are pressed down lightly they will touch.
  The dough is very forgiving and short "worms" can bw pinced together
  to form long ones in the pan. When the pan is full, press lightly to
  push strips together. Bake about 15 minutes at 375 until lightly
  golden brown.
  Cut immediately into sticks aproximately 1"x3". (depends on the pan!)
  Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and store air tight.
  Cookies may be "crisped" in a warm oven if needed to freshen them.
  Sprinkle with fresh sugar after reheating.
  This dough may also be formed into cane shapes. Make pencil sized
  "worms" and twist together. Bend one end for cane shape. Bake and
  dust with confectioners sugar. Store as bar cookies.
  NOTES : The original version of this recipe  came from a Gold Medal
  Flour insert from the early 1970's.  It is a great "get the kids
  involved" recipe.  Dave and Juli both began helping for the "worms"
  for them at a very young age. It remains a favorite cookie for us
  all. I adapted the original recipe in flavoring and technique. The
  "worm" technique makes a more attractive cookie and makes it a fun
  project for the kids.

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Recipe ID 11881 (Apr 03, 2005)

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