Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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Megan Stewart


This was a recipe I added to the Head Start recipe book I designed for a fundraiser. It reminded me of how my Mom always used to make Christmas special, as well as feeding guests!


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makes 48 cookies


  • 1 c
    butter, softened (do not substitute)
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    red food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp
    peppermint extract

How to Make Candy Cane Cookies


  1. Mix together butter, sugar and egg in a large bowl. Blend in the flour and salt. Divide dough in half, placing half in a small bowl. Cover both halves with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Take 1 teaspoon of red dough and shape into a 4 inch long rope. Take 1 teaspoon of white dough and shape into 4 inch long rope. ( Roll them back and forth on a lightly-floured board to make even sizes.) Then place the ropes side by side and press together lightly and twist. Complete the cookies one at a time. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Curve the top of the cookie down to form the handle of the cane. Bake about 9-11 minutes or until set and very lightly browned. Carefully remove the cookies to a cooling rack with a pancake turner.
  2. Note: An old Christmas tradition is to use homemade goodies to decorate the tree. Try tying these cookies to your Christmas tree branches with ribbon for a festive touch...and an extra treat to hand to your friends as they come or go.

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About Candy Cane Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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