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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Kids of all ages will want to pitch in when it comes time to roll the ropes of colored dough for these cute candy canes. Peppermint extract carries the flavor on through, so the cookies taste as good as they look.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring


  • In a large bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and extract until smooth. Divide dough in half; mix food coloring into one portion.
  • Shape 1 teaspoon of white dough into a 6-in. rope. Shape 1 teaspoon of red dough into a 6-in. rope. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet; curve top of cookie to form handle of cane. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 in. apart on baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 33 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • glynda73
    Oct 30, 2015

    Here is a trick my 4 year old daughter taught me. "Mom, why don't you roll it like play dough?"Mmm. Roll out each color into 2" ropes. Roll them together, then roll one way with one hand and the other way with the other hand. They twist on their own. Way.....faster.I don't use the store bought cookie dough. I believe Taste of Home has the original recipe. They take awhile to make, but everyone in the family would be verrry unhappy if I didn't make them. Good luck and happy eating.

  • badgrmom
    Dec 16, 2012

    No comment left

  • MJoyner94
    Dec 4, 2012

    These weren't as easy to do as I thought they would be. Once you get the ingredients mixed you need to put it back in the fridge because the dough is too soft to handle for shaping. Making the cookies look as pretty as the picture takes practice. The flavor is very good and they are cute....even the ugly ones. 1/2 pkg. only made about 20 cookies for me so I ended up using the whole tube of cookie dough. I will make these again sometime and I have recommended them to someone.

  • razorback lady
    Nov 13, 2012

    I think Christmas is a wonderful time of the year., And having Candy Cane Cookies at christmas is wonderful for everyone., deb

  • ojc0806
    Dec 21, 2010

    Very quick and easy also tastes great!

  • Sam244
    Dec 14, 2010

    Simple, yet yummy. I used 1 (16oz) pkg of pilsbury ready to bake sugar cookies, 4T flour, 1t peppermint extract, and 1t red food coloring. I got 43 cookies, which ended up being 50.366 cal each. It was a little time consuming to roll the dough into ropes, and i rushed and didn't take extra time to shape the canes so some looked kinda ugly.

  • Oilqueen
    Dec 26, 2009

    I used a recipe from Betty Crocker, since I didn't have any dough on hand. They turned out super fluffy with that one, so we ended up just making swirled balls. They were fun for my daughter and I to do together. We made the dough, then went to do other things while it was in the fridge. That break helped her a bunch. They turned out so cute!

  • Cookin4MyFam
    Dec 18, 2009

    Yummy! I loved the peppermint. Took me quite a while to assemble them.(3 kids under 4 may have contrinuted to that) I got about 33 servings. Difficult to make them 6 inches and then twist. I made them about 3 inches, then twisted and they stretched out.

  • Kris Countryman
    Dec 4, 2009

    I much prefer almond extract to peppermint. They do take some time but everyone loves them.

  • iluvcookies
    Aug 28, 2009

    I made these twice.I changed the recipe using homemade sugar cookie dough,one batch with peppermint xtract and one with lovely vanilla and cherry extracts.THE LATTER WAS GREAT!!!LOVED THE IDEA OF THE RECIPE THOUGH.