Candy Cane Cookies - Sandra Lee

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 12 mins

I remember making these as a little girl with my mom and grandmother. This is Sandra Lee's recipe from - so simple, but ohhh so good. Caution: they are addictive! :)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (17 1/2 ounce) box sugar cookie mix
  • 14 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 13 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 12 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for surface
  • red food coloring
  • 1 12 teaspoons peppermint extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, melted butter, egg, cream cheese, and flour; mix together to form dough. Separate dough into 2 equal portions and place in 2 different bowls.
  3. Add red food coloring gradually to 1 bowl of dough, kneading together until desired shade of red is created.
  4. To second bowl of uncolored dough, add peppermint extract and knead together.
  5. On a floured work surface, shape each dough into balls and then roll each ball into 1/4-inch-wide ropes, each about 6 inches long.
  6. For each cookie, carefully twist some of the red and white ropes of dough together and shape into a candy cane. Spread candy canes out on cookie sheets and bake on the top shelf of the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool before serving.
Most Helpful

Just saw I forgot to review this.
Great Recipe and fun to make both the cookies & the special memories.
Thanks for posting this one !

Chef RZ Fan November 07, 2010

What a special fun recipe to make with the little ones!
They love these and we made memories as well.
Thanks for posting this.

Jan 2012 December 15, 2011