Classic Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe
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Classic Candy Cane Butter Cookies Recipe

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To make cookies that look like candy canes, we color half the dough in classic red and twist away. They're fun to hang on the side of a coffee mug, or devour all on their own. —Shannon Roum, Milwaukee, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Red paste food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 90 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla; gradually beat in flour. Divide dough in half; mix food coloring into one half. Roll each dough into a 6-in. square. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut each dough into 36 squares. Working with a quarter of the dough at a time, keep remaining dough refrigerated. Roll one piece plain dough into a 6-in. rope; roll one piece red dough into a 6-in. rope. Place ropes side by side. Lift left rope over the right; repeat to form a twist. Repeat with remaining dough. Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, curving top of each twist to form hook of cane.
  3. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 3 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Classic Candy Cane Butter Cookies in Taste of Home December 2015, p20

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mzgrinder User ID: 6418368 239176
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"Cute,Good, but way to time consuming. Wrapped about a dozen then just pressed and cut the rest."

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