Mint Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
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Mint Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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Guests will have a merry time munching these mild mint cookies. The cute crunchy candy canes are easy to form once you color the dough - just roll into ropes and twist together.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Green and red food coloring

Nutritional Facts

121 calories: 2 each, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in milk, egg and extracts. Gradually add flour and salt. Set aside half of the dough. Divide remaining dough in half; add green food coloring to one portion and red food coloring to the other. Wrap dough separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll 1/2 teaspoonfuls of each color of dough into 3-in. ropes. Place each green rope next to a white rope; press together gently and twist. Repeat with red ropes and remaining white ropes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Curve one end, forming a cane. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes; carefully remove to wire racks. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Candy Cane Cookies in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p9

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"I found this recipe frustrating. the cookies were cute but the dough was delicate to work with so my children were not enjoying it either. I also added extra mint flavor, but after baking it was still lighter than I would have preferred. I ended up rolling up the dough into spiral cookies after two pans worth. probably won't repeat."

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