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