Candy Cane Cookies Recipe: A Chef's Favorite Childhood Christmas Cookie Recipe by Chef Gigi

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a year ago

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe: A Chef's Favorite Childhood Christmas Cookie Recipe

Candy cane cookies are a holiday must-have! I’m getting back to my roots with the first cookie recipe I think I ever made at 7 years old. Thank you for the inspiration, Betty Crocker.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 4 hours to chill 
Cook Time: 8 to 12 minutes
Total Time: 38 to 42 minutes plus 4 hours to chill 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color or beet powder, if going au natural
  • 2 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, for dusting

Here’s how to make them:

  1. In a bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer combine the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg. Whip until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
  2. Divide dough in half. Stir food color or beet powder into half of the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  3. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tablespoon sugar. Set aside.
  4. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded teaspoon dough from each color and roll into a 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place one red and white rope side by side and press together lightly. Twist.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Curve the top of the cookie down to form handle of cane. 
  6. Bake in a preheated 375-degree F oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle sugar and peppermint candy mixture over cookies while warm. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

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Elisa Schmitz
I just love these, Chef Gigi Gaggero ! One of my all-time fave Christmas cookies. Thank you for inspiring me to make them again!
Sheri B Doyle
I loved these when I was a kid. I had forgotten all about them. Thanks for the reminder.
bepositive
What a fun and festive recipe. 🎄

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