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Candy cane cookies on a tray

The Best Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies are as festive as it gets. Hook these candy cane-shaped cookies on the side of a mug of cocoa or gobble them up with a big glass of milk. 
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 37 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 67kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin



  • Beat softened butter with egg yolks until they reach a creamy texture.
    eggs and butter in a mixing bowl
  • Slowly mix in powdered sugar until you get a smooth texture.
    Cookie dough in the mixing bowl
  • In small parts, add flour to the dough. Whisk on slow just until the flour is fully mixed in.
    butter with sugar in a mixing bowl
  • The dough should be smooth and not crumbly. Divide the dough into two parts. Add color to each part and work the dough to combine it together.
    shortbread cookie divided into two
  • Wrap the dough and let it rest for at least an hour. Use a tablespoon to scoop out dollops of dough.
    Colorful cookie dough
  • Roll out each piece into a 4-inch string. Twist them together while bending one end to form a candy cane.
    Candy cane cookies being made
  • Bake at 350 °F for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet.
    Candy cane cookies on a tray


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg