Love candy canes, but want to dazzle holiday dessert lovers with a really impressive Christmas cookie that looks and tastes even better than a candy cane? These classic candy cane cookies are for you!
Imagine a soft, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth, vanilla-mint cookie in the color scheme of a traditional candy cane — and in a shape that can hang decoratively over a mug of hot cocoa. That’s what you get with this holiday cookie recipe.
Now, these cookies can be a little tricky to make, and require some patience. You’ll find them worth the effort, though, when everyone at the cookie exchange asks you how you made such fun, festive goodies. (Of course, that’s only if you manage to get them out the door past your family!)
Working the candy cane cookie dough
Recruit your kids to help make these holiday cookies (and make some happy memories) as you teach them holiday baking skills that they can take into adulthood — and pass along to their kids.
This is the kind of cookie that becomes a fun tradition: Make them together with your kids when they’re little, and send a box full of them to college when they’re grown.
Let’s do the twist!
Once you get the hang of the technique, these are simple to make.
Different is good
Feeling creative? Mix it up!
Colors: Twist the colors of your favorite team, different shades of the same color, your kids’ school colors, colors to match your Christmas tree… the possibilities are endless.
Shapes: After you twist the dough, instead of curving it into a candy cane shape, make a little round wreath, a spiral, a heart, or simply a long cookie stick.