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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD: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.

Recipe Note

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.

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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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