Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe came from Quick Cooking (one of the best magazines Reiman Publishing came out with next to Taste of Home and all the others!). When you're doing massive quantities of cookies, any short-cut is appreciated. This recipe uses refrigerated cookie dough. And really, who's gonna know? Just spruce it up a bit and keep your mouth shut and take 100 % of the credit. (You could make your own sugar cookie dough too if you desire...either way, these are beautiful on a holiday tray!)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 0.5 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 12 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 12 teaspoon red food coloring


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and extract until smooth. Divide the dough in half and mix the food coloring in to one portion.
  2. Shape 1 teaspoon of each color dough into 6 inch ropes. Place the ropes side by side, press together, and lightly twist.
  3. Place on an ungreased baking sheet; curve into a candy cane shape. Repeat with remaining dough, placing cookies 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes before carefully removing to wire racks.
Most Helpful

Love this recipe but my kids hate minty things! So I left out the mint, and I crush about 3 candy canes and 2 TBLSP sugar and sprinkle it on top when the cookies are done, the kids love it! The teachers raved about them last year!

huggsnkissies3 December 07, 2010

Made these (with the help of DGD) and they were easy and tasted great. I followed the directions exactly and loved how they turned out. I did have a problem with them spreading out way to much (which is why I did not post my photo) so would suggest anyone trying these be sure you make them thick enough when rolling. I added the pepperment extract only to the red and vanilla to the white. We had so much fun making these and even if they aren't as pretty as Pamela's picture - they taste great and DGD is so very proud. I will be making these every year from now on.

Bonnie G #2 December 23, 2009

These cookies are fantastic! But I do question the quantity on the recipe as listed. I made it EXACTLY as listed... I didnt have a 18 oz roll so I actually weighed out 9 oz. and when done i used a tsp to be sure i was using the correct amounts of dough because I KNEW i would use to much if i didnt.. lol. So with 1/2 of a 18 oz package.... and 1 tsp of each color making a cookie... I had 15 cookies..... and this says 3 dozen. so that was VERY disapointing. but they do look great, and taste great!

jessann82 December 03, 2009

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