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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies Recipe


It isn’t the holidays without eye-catching cookies that are sure to be the star of the cookie platter–like our Christmas candy cane cookies recipe! 

This minty cookie is not only delicious, but gorgeous to look at, and fun to make!

Consisting of red and white sugar cookie dough, that gets twisted together and then formed in to the shape of a candy cane, this is one of my favorite cookie recipes to make with kids! There is just so much for little ones to assist with, from measuring to stirring, rolling, and shaping the cookies. It’s like playing with play dough! 

Red and white candy cane shaped sugar cookies on a platter, with a bottle of milk.
Candy cane sugar cookies are such a simple Christmas cookie to make from basic pantry staples!

 

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

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Hand selecting Santa’s cookies is a BIG deal in my house every year. Great care is taken to make sure that Santa gets the best of the best, and these candy cane cookies are one of the few everyone agrees on! 

They are so festive and tasty, and Santa hardly even leaves a crumb behind! *giggle* 

This Candy Cane Cookies Recipe: 

  • Yields: 28-30
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Ingredients needed to make Christmas candy cane sugar cookies.
To make candy cane Christmas cookies, you only need: sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, an egg, flour, baking powder, salt, and red paste food coloring.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Start the base of your candy cane cookies recipe with butter, flour, and an egg.
Sift your flour before you get started!

Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

Glass bowl with flour and softened butter ,being stirred into cookie dough.
Be careful not to overmix the sugar and butter.

Step 2

In a bowl of the stand mixer or large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

Glass bowl with candy can cookie dough, mixing vanilla extract in.
This is the Christmasiest step of all–the inviting aroma of vanilla extract and peppermint extract!

Step 3

Beat in milk and extracts until well combined.

Mixing egg into candy cane cookie batter.
If you have an egg allergy, make an egg replacement from 1/4 cup of plain, unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 tsp of baking powder.

Step 4

Add egg and beat well.

Mixing flour mixture into candy cane cookies dough.
Christmas candy cane cookies are my go-to recipe for cookie exchanges and holiday parties. Plus, Santa LOVES when these are left out for him!

Step 5

Gradually add flour mixture until well blended.

Two glass bowls of candy cane cookie dough, to mix red food coloring in one batch.
Separate the dough into two bowls, for white dough, and red dough, you can twist into a candy cane!

Step 6

Divide dough in half. 

One glass bowl of white cookie dough and one glass bowl of red cookie dough to make candy cane sugar cookies.
Candy cane cookies make a delicious homemade gift for friends and neighbors… and don’t forget your UPS driver and mail carrier!

Step 7

Place half of dough in a separate bowl and color with food coloring. 

Step 8

Cover both with plastic wrap and place refrigerator to chill at least 4 hours. 

Step 9

Remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 10

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat. 

Twisting red and white dough to make candy cane sugar cookies.
Kids love helping with this step! From scooping the dough, to making rolls, and twisting the dough to create colorful candy canes–it’s just like playing with play dough!

 

Step 11

For each candy cane, scoop 1 rounded tablespoon each color of dough and roll each into 6 inch rope.

Twisting red and white sugar cookie dough into the shape of candy cane cookies.
You can also try wrapping the coils of red and white dough into a peppermint “lollipop” circle. Stick a cookie sucker stick in the bottom, and you have another variation of a sweet holiday treat!

Step 12

Place white rope next to red rope, pressing together slightly and lightly twist by holding each end and turning.

Step 13

Place on prepared cookie sheet and curve the top to form cane. 

Close up of red and white candy cane sugar cookies.
Kids and adults alike will be amazed by how much these candy cane cookies actually look like candy!

Step 14

Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set and light brown. 

Step 15

Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

Step 16

Store in airtight container.

 

Close up of red and white sugar cookies in the shape of a candy cane.
After all of that hard work, be sure to store your candy cane cookies properly, in an airtight container!

 

how to store candy cane cookies 

After all that hard work, make sure you store your candy cane cookies in an airtight container so that they last longer! 

If stored at room temperature (in an airtight container) these cookies are good for up to a week, but if refrigerated, they are good for closer to 10 days. 

Red and white striped candy cane Christmas cookies.
If you freeze your candy cane cookies (in an airtight container), they will last for up to 3 months!

Can You Freeze Candy CAne Cookies?

Yes! You can freeze candy can cookies for up to 3 months.

The trick is making sure that the cookies are completely sealed in freezer bags

Close up of red and white Christmas candy cane cookies.
You only have to swap out two ingredients to make gluten free candy cane cookies!

are candy cane cookies gluten free?

These candy can cookies can easily be adapted to fit a gluten free diet, if you use gluten-free all purpose flour and gluten free baking powder.

Be sure to check the labels of all ingredients to make sure you are safe! 

Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Total Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup milk, whole or 2%
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Red paste food coloring

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a bowl of the stand mixer or large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in milk and extracts until well combined.
  4. Add egg and beat well.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture until well blended.
  6. Divide dough in half.
  7. Place half of dough in a separate bowl and color with food coloring.
  8. Cover both with plastic wrap and place refrigerator to chill at least 4 hours.
  9. Remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  10. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  11. For each candy cane, scoop 1 rounded tablespoon each color of dough and roll each into 6 inch rope.
  12. Place white rope next to red rope, pressing together slightly and lightly twist by holding each end and turning.
  13. Place on prepared cookie sheet and curve the top to form cane.
  14. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set and light brown.
  15. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  16. Store in airtight container. 

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What holiday gathering are you going to take a platter of Christmas candy cane cookies to this year? 





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