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Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

Festive Candy Cane Cookies are a Christmas tradition must have recipe. These have easy to follow directions and they are a kid's favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy cane cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Calories 4180kcal
Cost 5


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp red food coloring
  • 1 box peppermint candy canes finely crushed


  • Stir together sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, almond extract, and egg in large bowl.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Divide dough in half.
  • Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • For each candy cane cookie, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface.
  • Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on un-greased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.
  • Bake 9-10 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
  • Cool completely, about 30 minutes.


Expert Tips:
To make cookies about the same size, measure dough for one cookie with a ruler, then use that dough to measure all the rest.


Calories: 4180kcal | Carbohydrates: 548g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 197g | Saturated Fat: 121g | Cholesterol: 664mg | Sodium: 2333mg | Potassium: 1249mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 212g | Vitamin A: 6108IU | Calcium: 499mg | Iron: 21mg