Peppermint Stick Cookies

Peppermint Stick Cookies
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 - 5 drops red food coloring
1 egg white
sanding sugar if using

In a small bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In your mixer bowl add the butter and sugar. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the egg, egg white and peppermint extract.

On low speed add the flour mixture. Remove half of the dough and add the red food coloring to the remaining mixture in the bowl.

Flatten each piece into a 8 inch disk. Wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment or spray well with baking spray.

Roll each dough packet into a 8 x 10 piece on a floured surface. Cut lengthwise into 16 I/2 inch strips. Cut each piece in half crosswise, you should have 32 strips 5 x 1/2 inch. Roll to make 6 inch ropes. Cover with a clean towel while you repeat with remaining dough.

Twist together the red and white dough. If you want to do candy canes then you will curl a hook in one end. Just lay them on your pan if you are doing sticks. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar if using.

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until firm and golden on the edges. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

85 calories each, 3 g. fat, 2 g. protein, 12 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 52 mg. sodium, 15 mg cholesterol

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jackie austin