Candy Cane Cookies


I’m happy to share one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes as a part of today’s Christmas Cookie Swap over at Faith and Family Live! We made these a few years ago and though they look a little labor intensive, they are very fun to make with children.  Enjoy and please post your cookie recipe too!

Candy Cane Cookies

Prep Time: 40 min
Total Time: 6 hours 0 min
Makes: 4 1/2 dozen cookies

1    cup sugar
1    cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2    cup milk
1    teaspoon vanilla
1    teaspoon peppermint extract
1    egg
3 1/2    cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1    teaspoon baking powder
1/4    teaspoon salt
1/2    teaspoon red food color
2    tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
2    tablespoons sugar

  1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 375ºF.
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar; set aside.
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Find more cookie recipes at Faith and Family Live!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Thanks for this, Lisa! We’ll be baking soon. I am behind this year. Lots going on. Thanks also for telling us about the cookie swap at Faith & Family Live. It looks great! I’ll try to find time to post a recipe.

    I hope you’ll be giving us an update about your health issues soon.

    Happy Advent!

  2. Thank you so much for posting these, they are one of my favorites, but I lost my recipe. I am actually having a cookie swap at my house on Thursday and want to make these. You are a life saver!

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