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Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

My kids always enjoyed making holiday treats. To them, if it has a special shape, that makes baking extra fun. So these candy cane cookies are a good Christmas treat to make with Cub Scouts. They don’t have a strong mint flavor, but are more like a sugar cookie.

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp red food coloring
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy
  • ½ cup granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Mix butter, shortening, sugar, egg, and flavorings.
  3. Sitr in flour and salt.
  4. Divide dough in half.
  5. Add the red food coloring to one half of the dough.
  6. Using about 1 tsp of white dough, roll a 4 inch strip.
  7. Repeat with 1 tsp of the red dough.
  8. Place the strips side by side and twist together.
  9. Place on cookie sheet, curving it to make it look like a candy cane.
  10. Make more with the remaining dough.
  11. Sprinkle with sugar and crushed candy. (optional)
  12. Bake for 9 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen.

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2 responses to “Candy Cane Cookies Recipe”

  1. Karen Hampton Avatar
    Karen Hampton

    Is the 1/2 cup sugar at the end of the ingredients the amount of sugar that I’m supposed to add in step 2 of the directions?

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar
      Scouter Mom

      That gets sprinkled on the cookies. The sugar to mix in was left off. I added it to the list. Thanks!

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