Candy Cane Cookies

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‘Tis the season to be merry.
I’m, I really am. We already started to receive the Christmas gifts. Yesterday 3 big boxes arrived from my mother-in-law. My face was all a smile when I unpacked and put the gifts under the tree.  In my mind I was counting the days until I can tear the wrapping paper apart and enjoy my gifts. I think I’m worse that a child when it comes to gifts. It’s so hard to wait.
Another great news brighten my day. The money that I raised on my very first bake sale after a baking marathon bought joy to some not so fortunate children. I feel so good knowing that little things like cookies (making and selling) can make such a big difference.
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I made four batches of these cookies for my bake sale. Some of them were topped with a candy cane kiss and the others were baked in my snowflake cookie pan and decorated with royal icing.
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(Photo taken with my phone)
My first thought was to add some crushed candy cane to the dough but didn’t know how people would react to the idea. I still think about it, maybe I’ll do a dozen just for me.
Now, if you’re wondering why the name, it’s because of the color. I played a little bit with some food color and red and white sugar cookie seemed a  little too long for a cookie. Being a sugar cookie, can also be cut-out and decorated if desired. Haven’t tried that yet.
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Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies


  • 3/4 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • vanilla/rum/almond/peppermint extract - your choice (I used 1 tsp peppermint)
  • food coloring - optional


  1. In a mixing bowl, with the paddle attachment on cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the egg yolk, followed by the whole egg. Mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Add few drops of the extract you're using followed by the flour, a spoonful at a time.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl, cover in plastic foil or put it into a freezer bag and chill it for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. If you want to have it in two colors divide the dough in tow balls or more and color each ball at a time my mixing the food coloring gel into the dough, gently kneading it.
  5. You can easily froze it. Leave it about 30 minutes on the kitchen counter before using it.
  6. To make the candy cane kiss cookies, divide the dough into 24 balls. Place them on cookie baking sheets. Lightly press down with the back of the spoon. Put the sheets back in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile heat the oven to 375F.
  8. Bake the cooled cookies for about 12-13 minutes. Cool slightly before topping them with the candy cane kiss and completely if you decide to do other decorations.


slightly adapted from Taste of Home

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  1. Tina says

    Bake sales for charity are a lot of fun and very rewarding. Sweet of you to participate! I am sure that these cookies were gone very quickly, they are really eye catching! Delicious cookies no doubt. Have a great day!

  2. Emily says

    I love Christmas too. Giving packages in the mail is always fun. It is also so heartwarming to be able to help others. How thoughtful of you to take something you love like baking and use it to do good in the world. You brought many smiles to the children as well as the people who purchased your cookies. They look marvelous. Merry Christmas!

  3. Gina says

    That was a great idea to raise money with the cookies, I guess I should start selling mine next year, lol. Plus they cost so much to make. I love the ones with the kiss on top. If you can believe it, I'm needing to go to the store again and get more supplies, will have to look for a pack of those kisses. Christmas is coming way too fast.

  4. Kiri W. says

    Wow, I don't even like candy canes or peppermint, but these are some of the prettiest cookies I've ever seen. Great job!!

  5. Maggie says

    Absolutely gorgeous cookies! What a great idea with the red and white. A great take on the traditional hershey peanut butter cookies. Congrats on your bake sale proceeds too. What a great thing to do!

  6. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says

    Bravo on the bake sale. Wow – these cookies are so bright and cheerful on a dreary day here in Paris. What amazing shots (even the one taken with your phone!)
    Too funny – can just imagine your excitement at putting the presents below the tree already! Have a wonderful Christmas. J xo

  7. Junia says

    these are just like peanut butter blossoms with a christmas peppermint touch! i love them, especially the swirled cookie dough and the touch of the swirled peppermint kiss! :)

  8. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar says

    These are so pretty, Roxana! I love peppermint during the Christmas season and these sound delicious

  9. Lizzy says

    What fantastic cookies for a wonderful cause! I have some of those holiday kisses and know my kiddos would love your cookies! Merry Christmas, my friend! xo

  10. Sandra says

    Hi there.. finally I came t visit you..I see you have been busy bee?! I am so glad that you had bake sale so know that I am so proud of you!!!!! These look INCREDIBLE!!! you are so talented!!!

  11. Sommer J says

    Great news about your bake sale! You have such a great heart. Those cookies are so gorgeous I'd just stare at them for a while or double up so I eat every other one lol.

    I am anxious at Christmas, too!!! I always need to know what I got, but I am getting better. Also getting better at not spilling the beans…though items i bought stateside that were intended for my husband's presents ended up in his arms earlier than i wanted them, too. oh well :)

    Love these candy cane cookies! perfectly festive

  12. Lisa says

    These cookies are absolutely beautiful, Roxana. So festive and 'make your breath minty fresh' for those mistletoe moments ;D Also love the snowflake version, and of course, and most important, the fact that the sale of these is to help children in need.

  13. Magic of Spice says

    I am so excited to here about the success with your bake sale…bravo!
    And your cookies here are beyond delightful! I am so happy you are enjoying the Season…wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, hugs

  14. Elies_Lie says

    I don't like "red" color, but this cookies soo pretty!! Will happy try receive it as a gift 😀
    glad to hear that the baking marathon before is success :)
    tq fr sharing the recipe roxana! 😉

  15. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking says

    Roxana, these look so festive and must be yummy!
    Great idea using your gift of baking to help those less fortunate!

  16. Rosita Vargas says

    Maravillosos excelentes dulces para navidada,lucen absolutamente DELICIOSOS,abrazos hugs,hugs.
    Que tengas una gran fiesta felicitaciones.

  17. Wendy Irene says

    No matter how old you are opening gifts from loved ones is exciting and so much fun! I love the red and white swirl. Thanks for making my Holidays sweeter! :)

  18. vianney says

    congrats on your cookie sales! great job. these cookies are so cute, how fun for the kids goodie bags!! thanks for sharing!

  19. Carolyn says

    Look at all those gorgeous cookies. And that marathon baking to bring joy to those less fortunate. You are such a sweetheart!

  20. Parsley Sage says

    Oh, these cookies made me smile really big! They're gorgeous and I imagine they taste amazing! I can't wait for those peppermint kisses to come to the island!


  21. Becky says

    Roxana- Your cookies are gorgeous and I love the peppermint kisses. Raising money by having a bake sale is a great way to give back and help your cause. I have to get a cookie pan!

  22. Terra says

    Love how pretty the cookies look, and so perfect:-) Congrats on the success of your bake sale, truly sounds like a beautiful experience:-) Hugs, Terra

  23. Cristina - Teenie Cakes says

    It's so fun to receive packages, especially during the holidays. :) I love how your candy can cookies look and they sound addicting…so festive and nicely done. Congrats on the Top 9!

  24. Cookin' Canuck says

    No wonder the bake sale was so successful – these cookies are absolutely adorable. Plus, I love anything filled with peppermint.

  25. says

    These are so so beautiful and festive! I love the holidays and love Christmas even though I don’t even celebrate it… I love this kind of baking that makes everyone smile. And congratulations on your bake sale! A job well done!

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