The holiday season is not complete without my favorite Candy Cane Cookies!!
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Candy Cane Cookies

These Candy Cane Cookies have a delicate almond flavor that highlights the crushed peppermint sugar that is sprinkled on top!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, peppermint, candy canes, recipe, Christmas
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food gel

Peppermint Sugar

  • 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes (6 or 7 candy canes)
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Beat the butter, shortening, egg, flavorings, and powdered sugar together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in flour and salt.
  • Divide dough in half. Blend food coloring into one half of dough.
  • Shape one teaspoon of each dough into a 4-inch rope. Lightly roll them back and forth on a lightly floured surface for smooth, even ropes.
  •  Place ropes together side by side and press together lightly and twist.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.
  • Bake for 9 – 11 minutes until set and very light brown.
  • Mix crushed candy and granulated sugar together in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the mixture over the hot cookies.
  • Very carefully place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.3mg