Continuing on with some of my mom's classic Christmas cookie recipes.
I remember making these at the same time we made the Candy Cane ones, since the whole process was like playing with clay.
This is another of those recipes that doubles nicely.
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red or green food color (or both)
2 1/4 cups flour
candied cherries, quartered
1/4 cup nut pieces
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Cream shortening, sugar, vanilla and almond. If you are doing only one color socks, mix in food color here too.
Blend in flour and salt.
If you want 2 color socks, divide dough in half and mix each food color into half of the dough.
Chill the dough for 1 hour.
To make cookies: use 1 tbls of dough and pat out into a rectangle about 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Down the center of the dough place cherries or nuts or chocolate chips. Roll dough into log shape.
Place cookies on ungreased pan and shape into sock shape.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
Cool on racks.
If desired, frost tops and toes with Easy Icing (see gingerbread post for recipe).
Makes about 3 dozen.