1 cup butter
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crushed peppermint hard candies
1/2 cup white sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract.

Beat until smooth.

Mix in flour and salt.

Divide dough in half and color with 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring.

Roll each color into strips, place side by side, press together lightly and twist like a rope.

Curve top down to form handle of cane.

Bake in preheated oven for 9 to 10 minutes.

While still warm, remove from pan and sprinkle with candy and sugar mixture.