GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Popular award winning chef Marjorie Johnson made a surprise visit to KARE 11 this morning. She took a red eye flight back from Los Angeles after appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She brought her delicious candy cane cookies with her as well.

Candy Cane Cookies

1-1/2 cups butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 egg

3-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

1/2 cup sugar

In a large electric mixer bowl, place butter, sugar, and extracts. Cream together thoroughly. Beat in egg. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Stir into butter mixture and combine well. Divide dough into two equal portions. Blend in red food coloring in one part.

Using 1 teaspoon of dough, roll out to a pencil-thin strip about 4-5 inches long. Rolling the strips on a pastry cloth with your hands makes a smooth strip. Place a white strip and a red strip side by side and twist them together. Place on ungreased cooking sheet. Turn one end to form a handle for the cane. Roll the strips one at a time, as rolling them all at one time could make the dough dry before you twist each one.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 375-degree oven. Place cookieson a cooling rack. Combine crushed peppermint stick candy and sugar. Sprinkle mixture over warm cookies.

Makes about 60 candy can cookies.