1Preheat oven to 375ºF. In large bowl, cream butter with sugar with mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and peppermint candy flavoring. Add flour 1 cup at a time to butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. If dough becomes too stiff, add water, a teaspoon at a time. Do not chill dough.
2Divide dough into 2 balls. Color one ball of dough red with icing color. Pinch off a 1-inch ball of each color dough.
3On flat surface, roll ball into 3-inch-long strips. Place red and white strips side-by-side; roll them together until the two colors have wrapped around one another and are twisted together.
4Curve the strip at the top to the shape of a candy cane and place on ungreased cookie sheet; gently press Sparkling Sugar into dough.
5Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
6Cool on pan 2 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely.
source: Family Features