Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
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Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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These festive cookies have a rich almond flavor and a pretty sprinkling of peppermint. Their candy cane shape makes them especially appealing— it wouldn't be Christmas at my house without them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 108 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough in half; add 6-7 drops of food coloring to one half. Shape tablespoonfuls of each color of dough into 4-in. ropes. Place ropes side by side; lightly press ends together and twist. Place on ungreased baking sheets; curve to form canes.
  3. Bake at 375° for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine crushed candy canes and sugar; immediately sprinkle over cookies. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Candy Cane Cookies in Country Woman Christmas 1996, p30

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FineVine21 User ID: 8672502 239989
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Tasty but I used Earth Balance instead of butter and used green coloring instead of red and put a half a cup of candy canes in the batter and put vanilla extract instead of almond which I prefer over almond extract."

zanalith User ID: 8137974 215384
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"These have been a family favorite since I was a little girl, and is now a duty which has been passed onto me. Only thing I do different is I use half a cup of butter and half a cup of shortening. This makes the dough more workable. This will make about 36 cookies per batch as it should say use 1 teaspoon of each color dough into 4 in ropes. I've also found it easier to use parchment paper on the cookie sheet. These cookies are very fragile when they first come out of the oven, and the parchment paper makes for a great backdrop/easy clean up from the sprinkling of the sugar/mint topping."

quiltlady101 User ID: 3197737 48275
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"These are really a yummy Christmas cookie. I will make these every year. I give this recipe a 5 star rating Nora Miller , Grand Junction, Co"

crgilvr User ID: 3316635 22711
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I would only make this recipe again if I could not find another one that is better! The recipe says is makes 3 dozen - 36!- cookies...NO WAY!! It says to use "TABLESPOONFULS OF EACH DOUGH"-there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to get 36 cookies out of this recipe doing that! I must have looked at the recipe everytime I scooped up a spoonful of dough! And to only make the ropes 4" long is NOT long enough! There is NO WAY the cookies pictured on the recipe page were made like the recipe!! And that is very disappointing!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 42454
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"The almond extract does not go with the peppermint sprinkled on the outside. I will look at the other similar recipes to see if I can find something that tastes better. These didn't taste bad, but they tasted like a typical butter cookie."

kae24 User ID: 5717864 49389
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I just got done making these cookies and i really enjoyed making them. I was a little skeptical at first but they were so cute i had to try them even though the reviews were not that great. Next time i am going to try using peppermint extract instead. But, the whole family loves them so deffinatlry will make them again."

coffemom User ID: 1248931 49388
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Tried this receipe and the dough kept braking. I tried to refigerate it but it sill broke when I to twist it. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong."

winnafrog3 User ID: 3392341 45523
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"me and my daughter bake things quite often. She was excited to help with these so she could take them to school for her class. We mixed everything like it said and the dough was so sticky that we could'nt handle it, so we put it in the refrigerator. After it had firmed up a bit we tried again. It would start out ok and then warm up to your hand and get sticky again. We ended up scooping the dough out with a spoon to make just roung cookies. After baking them, they were all cracked up and of course the peppermint and sugar wouldn't stick to it. We ended up using frosting on them and sprinkling the mint/sugar mixture on them. They tasted fair. We will never attempt making those again. All the leftovers went in the garbage."

jmswann User ID: 2437660 202239
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"They were fun to make though they were a bit dry and broke when cooling."

jackie eberly User ID: 914901 42452
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"my mom has made this cookie for years. i tried it for the first time this year. i thought they were great. my son and i left some out for santa. he thought they were good too because the plate was empty. i will be making these every year now."

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