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Rainbow Ribbons Refrigerator Cookies
(Makes about 4 dozen)

3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
2 large eggs

1 t. instant espresso coffee powder
2 t. hot tap water
2 T. cocoa
1/2 t. anise extract
green food coloring
red food coloring

Combine first six ingredients in large mixer bowl. Beat on low
speed until well blended. Divide dough into thirds; place each in
a bowl. In a cup, stir instant espresso and 2 teaspoons hot tap
water until dissolved. Stir espresso mixture and cocoa into one
third of dough; with hand, knead until well blended. To second
third of dough, add anise extract and enough green food coloring
to tint dough a pretty green; knead until well blended. To remaining
dough, add enough red food coloring to tint dough pink; knead until
well blended. Shape each dough into a ball; wrap each with plastic
wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to handle (or,
place dough in freezer 30 minutes).

On sheet of waxed paper* with floured rolling pin, roll pink dough
into 12 x 7 1/2" rectangle. On another sheet of waxed paper, roll
chocolate dough into 12 x 7 1/2" rectangle. On another sheet of
waxed paper, roll green dough into 12 x 7 1/2" rectangle. Invert
chocolate dough onto pink dough; invert green dough onto chocolate
dough. Fold dough into thirds: Starting from one 12-inch side,
fold one third of dough over middle one third; fold opposite one
third over both to make 12 x 2 1/2" rectangular log. Wrap dough in
plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to slice
(or place dough in freezer 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut dough cross-wise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices,
cut-side down, on ungreased cookie sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake
10 minutes or until very lightly browned around edges. Remove to
wire rack to cool. Store in tightly covered container and use within
1 week.

Note: To keep waxed paper from slipping on counter, dampen counter
slightly with a sponge before laying down waxed paper.

Very impressive for Christmas cookie exchanges or parties.

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