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Candy Cane Cookies Recipes

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Glass stemmed dish filled with red and white candy cane cookies.
Candy cookies for many of us are a Christmas tradition. If you are looking for a new variation or are planning to bake these fun favorites for the first time you will be needing a recipe. This page contains recipes for candy cane cookies.
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December 24, 2013

My husband suggested these when I asked for favorite Christmas cookies from years past. His mother would make these often. They are festive with the flecks of white and red peppermint candy.

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These cookies are basically a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with crushed peppermint candy cane added. I reduced the sugar slightly to compensate for the candy cane's sugar. I also used mini chocolate chips instead of regular ones, to spread out the chocolate flavor.

Source: Inspired by my mother-in-law, Nancy and the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package mini chocolate chips (12 oz.)
  • 3 candy canes, peppermint flavor
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Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place candy canes in a ziptop bag and hit it a few times with a meat tenderizer (flat side) or hammer. The candy cane will soften when baked, so the size of the final crushed pieces doesn't matter too much.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside
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  4. Cream butter and sugar together, add in vanilla extract and then eggs, mixing well at each step. Add in flour mixture slowly so it is entirely incorporated.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and crushed candy cane until it is fully mixed.
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  7. Place spoonfuls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet, 12 -20 per sheet. I made some big and some little so I would have a variety of sizes. These spread and flatten when cooking, so be sure to leave space between.
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  9. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.
  10. Let cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet, them move them to a cooling rack. If they fall apart when moving, let them cool longer.
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December 1, 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp. peppermint or almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp. red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy, opt.
  • 1/2 cup sugar, opt.

Directions

Cream shortening, butter and sugar. Add egg, flavorings and salt. Blend in flour gradually. Divide dough into 2 portions. Leave one portion as is; add red food coloring to second portion. Using about 1 teaspoon of dough, roll into a strip about 4 inches long. Place red strip beside uncolored strip, press together lightly, twist like a rope. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and curve one end like a candy cane. Bake at 375 degrees F (preheated) for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet while still warm and sprinkle with the crushed candy-sugar mixture.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 27, 20150 found this helpful

These Christmas cookies are delicious and a great way to use up candy canes.

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November 24, 2005

I have lost my recipe for candy cane cookies using peppermint extract. Does anybody happen to have this recipe? I would greatly appreciate any help I can get with this, as they are well liked in our family for Christmas. Thank You in advance!

jmz2005 from illinois

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November 25, 20050 found this helpful
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The recipe that I have is called Meringue Candy Canes. It makes 3 doz. candy canes. Prep time is 30 min. and bake @200 degrees F for 1 1/4 hrs.

Ingredients:

3 egg whites (at room temp)

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

red food coloring

Directions:

Heat oven to 200 degrees F with oven racks in middle of oven. Fit large pastry bag with 1/4 inch tip. Line 2 large sheets with parchment paper. In med. bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt at med. speed till foamy. Add 1 Tbsp. of sugar at a time. Beat till stiff and glossy peaks form. Beat in extract. Remove 1/2 c. meringue and tint pink with coloring. Transfer white meringue to large pastry bag and pink to med pastry bag. Make tracings on parchment paper and fill in tracings with white meringue. Pipe pink stripes across candy canes. Bake in oven 1 1/4 hr.Turn oven off and let meringues sit in oven 1 hr. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.

Hope this might me of help. Any more info - let me know

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 7, 20060 found this helpful
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Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup butter or margarine

1 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely crushed candy cane mixed with 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Mix all ingredients. Split dough into equal portions.

Color one portion of the dough red.

Refrigerate the dough long enough to be able to easily work with it.

Break off one piece (approx. one teaspoon of each color) and roll by hand into four to five inch tubes.

Twist the two pieces together and bend forming a candy cane.

Sprinkle the top with the candy cane/sugar mixture.

Be careful when removing from the cookie sheet, they will break easily.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 6-9 minutes.

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