Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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These cookies were a holiday tradition in my family since I was a young child. Now my own family requests them before any others at Christmas.—Patricia Schmeling
Recommended: Candy Cane Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


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


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; mix the food coloring into one half. Cover and refrigerate both doughs for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape 1 teaspoon plain dough into a 4-in. rope. Shape 1 teaspoon red dough into a 4-in. rope. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased baking sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. Repeat with remaining plain and red dough, placing 2 in. apart on baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° for 8-9 minutes or until set. Combine the crushed candy and sugar; sprinkle warm cookies with candy mixture. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
TEST KITCHEN TIP: Patricia likes small Christmas cookies, so she uses 1/2 teaspoon each of white and red dough to make the candy canes. Finely crushed peppermint candy adheres well to the warm cookies.
Originally published as Candy Cane Cookies in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p297

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 238945
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"Made these for the first time after many years, so fun! I would add more almond extract next time just to amp up the flavour, but overall I was really happy how these turned out. You definitely need to chill the dough at least 2 hours otherwise it will just crack and crumble as you roll the cookies out."

jlclawson User ID: 8310165 237092
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"My kids and I make these most years at Christmas:) Actually my kids make them now. They love rolling them up and turning them into pinwheel cookies too. Its a great holiday recipe that adds a lot of cheer to that goodie plate:)"

Xylona User ID: 576065 216841
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"This is the original cookie cane recipe printed early on by Betty Crocker in one of their cookbooks. I got my copy of the book about 1974. This is the original no matter what else you read. I have tried different ways, as in adding peppermint

, but my family vetoed it. LOL"

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