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Candy Cane Christmas cookies have been one of my favorites since I was a child! As a child I loved their festive appearance and it meant Christmas was on its way. As an adult, I love how they taste! I really like this recipe with the peppermint extract and crushed candy cane. You typically have two options for the candy. At your local supermarket you may be able to purchase it crushed or you can purchase candy canes and crush them in a food processor. It is a bit noisy and a little dusty. I have used both options and I prefer crushing my own candy canes. I found when I bought them already crushed from the supermarket they were crushed too finely. Keep them a little chunkier to gain a better flavor in your cookie.

Candy Cane Crushed Candy

I chill my dough overnight, as you need to work with it cold. I take small sections out of the refrigerator to make the cookies. The dough can be finicky and this year it tended to crumble as I was trying to form the candy canes. If that happens you just need to be more careful in rolling and forming the candy canes. You might need to fix the final candy cane once it is on the baking pan. This year, I used Crisco butter sticks instead of real butter. I am not sure if this was the problem as the dough had a great texture. Or it could have been the weather. On the East Coast we are having odd December weather. The day I was making them was rainy and damp. This may have introduced too much moisture into the dough making it difficult to roll. But regardless, the cookies are still fabulously good!

Candy Cane Dough

When my dough is more agreeable I make smaller candy canes. This year I made them larger to accommodate the dough. I also made some of them into white and red logs, as I got tired fighting with the dough. But I am glad I made them, as they are delish!

2-½ cup Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup Butter, room temperature
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla (I make my own with Rum and a vanilla bean)
½ tsp. Peppermint Extract
¼ tsp. Liquid Red Food Coloring
½ cup Candy Cane, crushed

In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract then slowly blend in flour and salt. Remove slightly more than half of the dough and place in refrigerator. In the remaining dough add red food coloring and crushed candy cane and beat until evenly mixed and colored. Place in refrigerator to chill.

To make the candy canes cookies, use a 1/2 or 1 tablespoon-measuring spoon depending upon the size of the finished cookie. Take each tablespoon of dough and form it into a ball. Then take that ball of dough and roll it with your hand into a long rope. Repeat so you have one white and red rope.

Candy Cane forming 1

Form the two ropes together and roll.

Candy Cane forming 2

Twist the dough to start forming the candy cane.

Candy Cane forming 3

Candy Cane forming 4

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Candy Cane forming 5

Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 8-minutes and cool on a baking rack.

Candy Cane cooling on a rack

17 thoughts on “Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks! They are a pretty cookie on a plate or as a gift!

  1. These cookies look very Christmasy and fun to make!

    1. Bernice says:

      They are delicious and fun to make. And if the dough is finicky you can Christmas logs or anything that you would like!

  2. My mom makes these every year! I made them myself for the first time this year because one of my blogging friends asked me to do a cookie guest post for her (it’ll go up next week!) It looks like our recipes are almost the same, except we use 1/2 butter and 1/2 Crisco. While the dough is always a little difficult, I didn’t have a crumbling problem, so maybe you could try that next year? 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks for the input. I never had this trouble before so I really believe the Crisco made it too rich. I could see where the blend could work because you are getting some fat from the butter. Let me know when your posting is up so I can see your cookies. 🙂

  3. Bernice says:

    Reblogged this on Realistic Cooking Ideas and commented:

    These are such a fun cookie to make and eat! A favorite since I was a child! Granted they break easily and mine come out a bit “fat” but it does not matter they are excellent!!

  4. These look delicious and they would be so decorative on the table. Unfortunately my oven is down or I would be making them right now!

    1. Bernice says:

      Oh no! Bad timing for the oven to stop working! They are so good and do look nice plated!

  5. My goodness. I can almost taste them. What a marvelous idea. Something different. I bet the kiddies would love these. They’re fun!

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes, kids do love them! They are so festive and pretty to plate! And of course leave out for Santa!!

      1. Santa? Santa WHO? 😀 😀

  6. Sophie33 says:

    Waw, you are so talented & inventive, dear Berncie! They look fun to make too! xxx
    Yum Yum Yummm!

    1. Bernice says:

      These are a family favorite since I was a child. It was not Christmas without this cookie!!

      1. Sophie33 says:

        Ahaaaa! 🍸🍸

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