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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
Skill Level: None

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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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