December 19, 2008

Candy Cane Cookies

I had seen these cookies quite some time back on a couple of blogs and I knew I just had to make them. Cookies resembling candy canes were very unusual (to me anyway) and I knew my daughter was going to love them. And what could be a better time to bake them than now?

Making the dough and the cookies is not really difficult, but rolling out the dough and twisting them into canes does take a bit of time. So this not a cookie to make if you are in a hurry or as a last minute effort.

As far as I’m concerned the effort is well worth the result. I made my cookies by very slightly adapting an old family recipe that Katie, of All Things Catered, uses to make her Candy Cane cookies.


½ cup salted butter

1 ¼ cup sugar

1 egg

½ cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract (or peppermint extract)

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ red food colour


In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar well. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. Now add the flour and mix into a dough.

Divide the dough in half. Add the red food colour to one half and mix well. Wrap both balls of dough separately in cling film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Divide each ball of dough into 1 tsp rounds.
Take one plain coloured dough round and place it on a clean work surface. Using your fingers, lightly roll it back and forth into a 4” long rope. Do the same with one red coloured dough round.

Do not use flour while doing this, otherwise the dough ropes will not stick together. If the dough starts feeling sticky while rolling, place the dough in the freezer for about 15 minutes and then work on it again.

Place one plain and one red coloured rope side by side, and twist together to form a double coloured rope. Place on a greased cookie sheet and curve the top of the rope to form the handle of the cane.

Repeat with the remaining dough and bake the cookies at 190C for about 12 minutes or till they set and look dry and the plain coloured part of the cookie starts looking pale golden.

Cool the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes and then remove them from the tray. Cool on racks and store in airtight containers.
I got 50 candy cane cookies with this recipe.

My notes:

I only realized much later that I was supposed to use 1 cup of butter and had used ½ a cup by mistake. I also left out the baking powder by mistake, but my cookies were crisp and very good despite these mistakes.

I also feel these cookies could be made egg free by omitting the egg and adding the baking powder.


Happy cook said...

I wanted to make them, but as you mentiongedin your post one should not be in a hurry to make them. So gave a miss.
This i love it looks beautiful and realy really festive.
Beautiful picture too

Sunshinemom said...

Hey! Whats happening - three posts one after the other? Jaldi kya hai? I too saw these cookies but the thought of the work involved put me off! Yours looks lovely! Are you saying that the halved butter did not make any difference? Great - shows how much extra stuff we add;)

Curry Leaf said...

Very good Aparna,I too belive that they could be eggfree.Lovely and perfect.

Arundathi said...

that looks great! my, you've been busy today, havent you! :-) gorgeous!

Vanamala said...


Madhuram said...

Your candy cane cookies have come out very well Aparna. Wow, you do have a lot of patience. Lucky daughter of yours!

Bharti said...


PG said...

these look so wonderful! I never knew one could make such candies at home.

Pearlsofeast said...

Aparna, I also wanted to make them and glad to see these lovely ones here. They are absolutely stunning.

Aparna said...

Thanks again. :)

I posted all three because I wanted them to go to Happy Cook's Homemade Christmas gifts and as it was, I was just making the deadline! :D
Yes, it was quite an effort, the posting I mean.

notyet100 said...

thy look so yum,...:-)

Annie said...

Just tried it...wonderful result. I chose to make it red and green. Awesome!

Aparna said...

Annie, am so happy you liked them. Am planning to make some this week for friends.