Sunday, December 05, 2010

Candy Cane Cookies

Probably almost everyone has this recipe already, but I thought I would share it anyway just in case.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red food coloring

Heat oven to 375°. Mix thoroughly the butter, sugar, egg, and flavorings. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half and remove one half to a separate bowl. Blend food coloring into one half of dough.

Shape 1 teaspoon of dough of each color into a 4-inch rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on a lightly floured surface. Place the 2 ropes side by side; press them together lightly and twist.

Complete cookies one at a time. Place on ungreased baking sheet as they are completed. Curve top of each cookie down to form the handle of the "candy cane".

Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown.

Remove to racks and cool.

Makes about 4 dozen.

It's been years since I made these cookies, but my kids always liked helping to make these. It's sort of like playing with play dough! I've been thinking I need to make these cookies with my granddaughters this year.


  1. These sound yummy and I didn't have the recipe so thanks for sharing :)

  2. I hope you enjoy them, Connie! The other day I was in the grocery store with my 9-year-old granddaughter, and we were looking at some packaged cookies labeled with a candy cane flavor. That reminded me of these old favorites, and I asked her if she had ever made them. She hadn't, so I will plan a baking day with her and her sister very soon.


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