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Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

I don’t know about you, but no Christmas is complete without these Candy Cane Cookies. A tasty butter cookie exploding with peppermint flavor, these traditional Christmas cookies make wonderful homemade gifts for family and friends, and they’re sure to be a hit at your cookie exchange this year! Decorated with White Sparkling Sugar, these Candy Cane Cookies are a festive and fun holiday cookie that you’ll love making with the kids. Don’t forget to leave a few out for Santa, too!
Makes: 3 dozen
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Prepare cookie pans with parchment paper.

Step 2

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt with mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. 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.

Step 3

Divide dough into 2 balls. Color one ball of dough with red color, adding additional if desired. Pinch off a 3/4 in. ball of each color dough. On flat surface, roll balls into 3-in. 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. Roll in Sparkling Sugar. Curve the strip at the top to the shape of a candy cane and place on prepared pans.

Step 4

Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on pan 2 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely.

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1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


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butter, softened

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

granulated sugar

1 cup granulated sugar


1 egg

peppermint extract

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract)

all-purpose flour

3 cups all-purpose flour


1/2 teaspoon salt




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Candy Cane Cookies is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I got this receipie out of the Wilton Cookie Exchange book 2009. I love these because they add color to your cookie tray if you do not have decorated sugar cookies made. I used the peppermint extract because they are candy cane cookies after all. I mixed half of the dough in my mixer with the flat beater on my kitchen aid mixer so I didnt get the red dye on my hands. After they baked and cooled I dipped the bottom halves in white chocolate and dipped in crushed candy canes for that extra something. These cookies are one of my childrens favorites!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT GOOD. The only reason I gave these cookies 2 stars is because they are really cute cookies. The appearance of these cookies turned out really well, but the taste was awful! They are so bland, almost no flavor. I followed this recipe exactly and I had to throw these out. They would be nice for decoration and that is about it. These cookies have a terrible texture and they just taste like sweetened flour. You can barely taste the peppermint or the vanilla. What a waste of ingredients.
Date published: 2010-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The dough is very easy to make, but I had to add so much gel color to make the dough actually RED, that it changed the texture of the dough. It was too wet, so I couldn't do candy cane shapes. I ended up settling for round swirly cookies. The dough with no food coloring was fine. The taste was pretty good, because I switched the extract amounts around so that peppermint was the dominant flavor. It would have been too bland, otherwise.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They look exactly like the pictures...amazing! Everyone was impressed at the cookie exchange. These cookies tasted great. The cookies stayed moist. All ages will enjoy making them as they are easy to make. The ingredients were readily available. Coloring the dough took a while to get the deep red. Adding the sugar to give a sparkle worked well. Baking many cookies on one sheet made the baking go faster.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love this cookies!!... it was very easy to make... and fun because i forget to use gloves and my hands end all cover with the red icing color... at the the cookies take a nice color for the sugar and the taste was so delicius... people if you are going to do this cookies dont forget use gloves!!!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love how easy these are and my children love helping me make them! They come out so delicious and adorable at the same time! Definitely a good family cookie recipe that I will pass down to my children!
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made these cookies before, but never thought of using sparkling sugar. I will be making these ones with my 7 year old daughter for a bake sale. Kids are the best at rolling the doughs together.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from i didnt really like these at all. they taste bland and the dough would NOT roll right for me so i ended up just rolling them out and using a candy cane cut out i would not make these again.
Date published: 2011-12-11
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