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Christmas Cookies: Candy Cane Cookies

Red and white twisted together and formed into a cane – these are festive and tasty. Please, please, use real butter.

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten lightly
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar together, add vanilla and beaten egg. Sift flour and salt together, add to butter and sugar mixture.

Divide the dough in half.

Add red food coloring to one half – be generous, so it will be really red – several drops. Take walnut sized pieces of each color and roll between your hands until they are about 6″ long and about the same thickness from top to bottom. When all the white and all the red dough is rolled into 6″ lengths, take one of each color – red and white – and twist them around each other – you know, like a candy cane.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bend top over to form a hook. Bake at 375 F/190 C for about 8 – 10 minutes. Check at 8 minutes – you don’t want these ones to get brown, just thoroughly cooked!

Note – these are really really good for children to make. They love the rolling part, and just need a little help with the twisting together part.


This is the only photo I could find, other than another with really awful candy canes made of red and green. I thought it was too awful. This one she is using the cookies on a wreath, but the cookies look pretty good.

November 27, 2006 - Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, ExPat Life, Holiday, Recipes, Uncategorized


  1. Looks good. But our ovens here are old oil drums with charcoal on top and underneath.

    Can you believe we have consistency issues with our pastries?

    Glad to know someone besides my mom appreciates my drivel.

    Be cool.

    Comment by heartodarkness | November 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. I first made thease candy cane cookies one Christmas season with a neighbor and her Mom when I was about 10 years old. I am 62 years old now and just looking at the cookies makes my mouth water and brings back the warm memory of innocent childhood, safe with my wonderful neighborhood neighbors.

    Comment by Joan Schneider | December 4, 2007 | Reply

  3. Me again,

    I have made these candy cane cookies part of my family tradition. My children and grandchildren all know that the candy cane cookies are special.

    Comment by Joan Schneider | December 5, 2007 | Reply

  4. Joan, I agree! You are welcome here! Everyone can make them, and it doesn’t matter how homely they look, it is the fun making them that counts.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 5, 2007 | Reply

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