Candy Cane Cookies

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These candy cane cookies are a family tradition for me.

My mom and I used to make gingerbread houses and these candy cane cookies every holiday.

My mom says these cookies are, “sort of like gingerbread houses…a nice tradition, but kind of a pain in the neck to make!”

It is her mom’s recipe – and I still make them every year – pain or not!

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Candy Cane Cookies


  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt


Mix together all ingredients until the dough forms into a ball.
Color half the dough pink by adding just a few drops at a time, then mixing. {I used 4 drops}
Roll a small amount of dough into a 3" rope.
Do the same with the other color.
Place the two colors side by side and roll together to make the rope about 1" longer.
Then, holding one end of the rope in place, roll the other end on the cutting board, essentially twisting the colors to look like a candy cane.
Form the top of the candy cane.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, sprinkle with sugar if you want, and bake 9 mins. at 375 degrees. {I did 350 because my oven cooks hot}

candy cane cookies

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

6 thoughts on “Candy Cane Cookies

  1. Just made these cookies for the first time… how cute! The only thing I would change is that the dough was much too dry. I added a little milk and the texture was perfect. Otherwise I don’t think the cookies would have turned out well at all

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