These old-fashioned Candy Cane Cookies are perfect for holiday baking. Red and white peppermint cookie dough, twisted into a festive candy cane shape.

Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

This recipe for candy cane cookies is just like the cookies I remember trying when I was a kid. They aren’t overly sweet, just a wonderful combination of vanilla and peppermint flavor. They go perfectly with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

How to Make Old-Fashioned Candy Cane Shaped Cookies

  1. Start by preparing the cookie dough. This recipe makes a nice soft dough that is very easy to work with.
  2. Divide the dough in half and color one half red. Chill dough for about one hour or up to overnight.
  3. Scoop one tablespoon of each color dough and gently roll into a 6 inch rope shape.
  4. Gently twist into candy cane shape, pinching the ends together slightly. They don’t need to be perfect, we are going for a handmade look!
  5. Chill the shaped cookies for 15 minutes prior to baking.

Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies 

Finishing the Cookies

Prepare peppermint glaze and spoon over still slightly warm cookies. This step is optional, but I love the pretty sheen and the light touch of sweetness. Since this cookie dough is not overly sweet, it benefits from a little something extra. If you are planning on storing these cookies or giving them as gifts and don’t want to use the glaze, try sprinkling with sugar or crushed peppermint before baking to add that extra sweetness.

Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies 

Candy Cane Cookie perfection! In the original recipe for these cookies, I adapted from The Kitchn, the author says the cookies are even better the next day and I agree! These are great for making ahead as the flavor and texture of the cookies continues to improve. Just a note about this cookie dough, it’s not a sugar cookie dough. This is a sturdier shortbread dough meant to hold the shape of the candy cane. A sugar cookie would have more butter and sugar and would spread while baking.


Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies


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5 from 7 votes
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

Old-fashioned peppermint Candy Cane Cookies.

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Cane Cookies, Christmas Cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 120 kcal
  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of red food coloring
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add egg, vanilla and peppermint extract, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Reduce mixer speed and add flour and salt, mixing until well combined.
  4. Divide dough in half.
  5. In the bowl of the stand mixer, combine 1/2 the cookie dough with red food coloring.
  6. Shape cookie dough into disc and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  7. Refrigerate one hour or up to overnight.
  8. Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  9. Measure one tablespoon of each color dough and gently roll into 6 inch long log shapes.
  10. Twist cookie dough together and transfer to parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet.
  11. Chill shaped cookie dough for 15 minutes before baking.
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are a very light golden brown.
  13. While the cookies are baking, prepare peppermint glaze. Spoon over cookies after they have cooled slightly.
Nutrition Facts
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 12IU0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Old-Fashioned Candy Cane Cookies



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