Candy Cane Cookies

My family makes these Candy Cane Cookies every Christmas. They are so yummy, but they don’t taste at all like candy canes. Instead, they are made with the delicious taste of almond and vanilla extracts. If you are adventurous, they are fun to make with your kids because they can play with the dough when you are making candy canes. Since I made these for Christmas Day, I chose to bake them while my daughters were at school.

Candy Cane Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, egg and flavorings. Blend in the flour, which has been sifted with the salt. Divide in half; blend food color into one half.

Shape on teaspoon dough from each half into a four inch rope; roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.

Bake about 9-11 minutes or until set and very light brown.

Sifting flour and salt together
Sifting flour and salt together
Mixing the butter and shorting together
Mixing the butter and shorting together
Dough ropes side by side
Dough ropes side by side
Twist ropes together
Twist ropes together
Form into cane shape on ungreased cookie sheet
Form into cane shape on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes

Happy baking!


21 Replies to “Candy Cane Cookies”

      1. Lucy and I made them today! They came out great! (well, she did all the twisting herself so they were 9yo looking candy canes, but they were fun) And they taste great, too! I never would have tried if I didn't have all your pictures! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for this post!!

        1. That is awesome! Thanks for coming back to tell me about it…that makes my day! I'm so glad you tried them, and that you also worked in some quality time with your daughter…I didn't have the patience to make them with my daughters!
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  1. I added 2 cookie recipes for you, Ginny.

    1. Chocolate Chip Cookies (Soy, Fish and Nut-Free, Can Be Milk-Free)

    2. Reindeer Cookies (Soy and Fish-Free, Can Be Milk, Egg, Nut and Wheat-Free)

    Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚ This is a wonderful idea!
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  2. We tried making cookies similar to this on Sunday and had a terrible time rolling them. Your recipe looks slightly different than ours. We used one with peppermint extract. Maybe we'll try your version some time since ours didn't work out so well.

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