Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

These are my favorite cookie ever, but they take a little time and patients to roll out and shape each cookie. My sister's instructions are to "keep them fresh in a tightly sealed container, because it's a lot of work you don't want ruined by the humidity!" Thanks for that Jenna. I don't know how long she wants them to last, I'll settle for eating them....

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 12 cups flour
  • 1 14 cups butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 14 teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. Measure first 6 ingredients into large bowl with mixer on low speed, beat until well blended, scraping bowl.
  2. Set aside half of dough.
  3. Into remaining dough add the red food coloring and the peppermint extract, knead in until well blended.
  4. On lightly flowered surface, roll 1 tsp of white dough into a 4" rope, repeat with red dough.
  5. Place ropes side by side and gently twist and curve to make a candy cane.
  6. Bake 10 minutes at 375F degrees.


Most Helpful

These are a great additon to your christmas cookie trays. I used almond extract simply because a lot of the kids do not like peppermint. I found the dough easy to handle. Store flat or the cookies will break. Thanks for sharing

Pumpkie December 09, 2004

i always enjoyed making these cookies during christmas time. we made a huge mess but always had better cookies than anyone else in the family.

miss jenna ecklund ecklund November 23, 2003

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