This year, indulge in these sweet candy cane cookies – perfect for any Christmas spread!
These cute cookies don’t just look like candy canes, but they taste like them too. It is really easy to make these minty little cookies.
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Ahh, the possibilities of sugar cookies.
Cookies are truly the epitome of the Christmas season. Do you like to hand out cookies to your neighbors? Maybe you enjoy setting them out for Santa or just eating them while you watch Christmas movies.
No matter what, these are the best Christmas cookies you can make!
The Best Twisted Sugar Cookies
These little twisted cookies taste just like peppermint candy canes. They are fun to dip in buttercream frosting and look perfectly festive on your holiday cookie platter.
What You Need
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. There is also a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post with this list of ingredients and the simple steps to create these red and white cookies.
Kitchen Supplies Needed
- Unsalted Butter
- Granulated Sugar
- Peppermint Extract
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Red Gel Food Coloring
Sugar cookies are a great option because they’re incredibly versatile. My candy cane cookies are a fantastic treat for this time of the year. They give a fun twist (literally!) to the traditional Christmas dessert. Full of flavor and color, these little delights are tons of fun to make with the kids.
Tips For Making Candy Cane Cookies
So, how do you make sugar cookies? Well, the good news is that my recipe is extremely easy to whip up – and yields impressive results! Recently, I’ve been having fun shaping and molding my sugar cookie dough. Traditionally, sugar cookies are cut out into shapes with cookie cutters. However, I think giving them a 3D shape has given my recent batches some uniqueness (like my Witch Finger Cookies and Bone Sugar Cookies).
Chill The Dough First
Before you add the food coloring and separate the dough into balls, I suggest letting the cookie dough chill in the refrigerator for about an hour. This will make the dough less sticky and easier to roll out.
Twist Red and White Cookie Dough
Roll the balls of dough into snakes and then twist the red and white dough together.
At this point, you can either let it stay with a loose twist look or you can combine the two colors of dough together a little better.
Shape Into Sticks or Candy Canes
I personally like to leave them as sticks because they look so much better. As these cookies bake, they won’t maintain their thin shape – they kind of spread out as they bake.
If you shape them into a “J” shape – like traditional candy canes – they will have a full look.
This recipe makes two dozen cookies! With only 8 simple ingredients, this is a really easy recipe to add to your Christmas baking list!
Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
- In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and egg. Add peppermint extract.
- In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.
- Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until cookie dough forms.
- Wrap cookie dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Remove chilled cookie dough from fridge and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Divide cookie dough in two and color one of the halves with red gel food coloring. Knead until completely tinted.
- Roll out both cookie dough colors into small spheres, about 1 ½ inches in diameter
- For one cookie, you’ll need one sphere of each color. Roll each one into small logs, about 3 inches long and half an inch in width.
- Press both cookie dough logs together at the top, so they’re attached. Twist them around each other.
- Roll the cookie dough twist so that they’re completely incorporated with one another – this will create a smooth candy cane cookie and results in a “rod” about 5 inches long.
- Continue for the rest and place each one carefully on lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes. Serve with your favorite cookie buttercream dip.
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More Christmas Treats
If your kids enjoyed these cute candy cane cookies, then they will have fun making these Christmas treats too!