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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup shortening (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Stir into above mixture; mix well. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Add color to one half (either red or green can be used). Roll each color into strips about 4 inches long. Twist together like a rope; shape the top. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. You can add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract if you like (to the green half).