Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

These candy cane cookies are made with tinted cookie dough, rolled and shaped to look like candy canes and make excellent, festive Christmas cookies.
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  • Serves: 48 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Into a mixing bowl, measure flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Step 3

    In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar with the butter until blended. Beat in the milk or cream, the egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract. Stir in the flour mixture. 
  4. Step 4

    Divide the dough into two even portions. In a bowl, combine one portion with the red food color. Mix until well blended.
  5. Step 5

    Cover the portions and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  7. Step 7

    For each candy cane, on a lightly floured surface, take 1 teaspoonful of plain dough and roll into a 4-inch rope. Repeat, using the tinted dough. Place the ropes side-by-side and gently twist together. Pinch ends lightly to seal and curve one end to form candy cane shape.
  8. Step 8

    Using a spatula, move cookie to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  9. Step 9

    Bake the cookies at 375 F for 9 to 11 minutes, or until just lightly browned around edges.
  10. Step 10

    Put the pan on a rack and immediately sprinkle with some of the decorating sugar, if using.
  11. Step 11

    Remove to racks with a spatula and let cool completely.
  12. Step 12

    Serve and enjoy!