Candy Cane Twists

Candy Cane Twists

Colorful red dough is twisted with peppermint-flavored dough to create melt-in-your-mouth cookie candy canes.

30 min. prep time
54 cookies
141 Rating


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup finely crushed candy canes or red and white peppermint candy
1/4 teaspoon red food color


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine powdered sugar, butter, egg, peppermint extract and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Stir candy into half of dough. Beat food color into remaining half of dough.

Roll 1 teaspoon of each dough to 4-inch rope to create each candy cane. Place 2 ropes side by side; twist gently and roll dough together. (For best results, complete cookies 1 at a time to prevent drying out.)

Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Curve 1 end to form handle of cane.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack.

Recipe Tip

If dough is dry, stir in 1 teaspoon milk. If dough is too soft, refrigerate 1 hour or stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons flour.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 70

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 55mg

Carbohydrates: 6g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #8763©1996Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

We made these last year. We had trouble twisting, we wound up just putting a blob of white with the pink and they came out looking like Santa's head! Really cute! This year we are going to do the exact recipe, but add blue food coloring and call it an icicle!

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