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Get the whole family in the kitchen and make these adorable Candy Cane Cookies this holiday season! They're fun to make, super cute and totally delicious!
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5 from 4 votes

Candy Cane Cookies

Adorable Candy Cane Cookies the whole family will love to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 3 + dozen
Author: Jenn


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening or coconut oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • red food coloring
  • granulated sugar for dusting on top


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • In a large mixing bowl, blend together butter, shortening or coconut oil, powdered sugar, egg, almond, peppermint and vanilla extracts.
  • Blend in flour and salt.
  • Divide dough in half, coloring half of the dough with red food coloring (I used a gel food coloring).
  • Pinch off a dime sized piece of both colors. Roll each into a "snake" shape (aka long skinny roll) and then roll both pieces lightly together under your hand on a flat surface (colors will sort of combine).
  • Lightly pinching ends, slowly twist one end forward and the other end backward to make it striped like a candy cane.
  • Lift carefully to cookie sheet and form a hooked candy cane handle. Bake for about 9 minutes.
  • When you pull the cookie sheet out of the oven, sprinkle sugar over the tops of each candy cane.
  • Let cool on cookie sheet before carefully removing and placing on flat surface or cooling rack. Enjoy!


(recipe adapted from a family friend)