Twisted Candy Cane Sugar Cookies


These candy cane sugar cookies are so very easy! And you don’t need special cutters, or lots of time to make them. We made them last year when my mom was visiting, and they were really fun for kids (and adults) of all ages. You could even add a bit of mint flavour to the cookies for an extra surprise.

Use your favourite sugar cookie dough, or use this one…

Christmas Candy Cane Sugar Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • red food colour


  1. In a large bowl beat the butter until creamed and smooth – about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, and vanilla, and beat on high until fully combine, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.
  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Mix colour into one half so it is really red… colour fades once cooked.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The amount of batches will depend on how large/small you cut your cookies.
  5. Make sets of balls, then roll them with the palm of your hand against a floured surface to make ‘snake’ shapes. Then twist one colour around the other, bend the hook shape, and vooilah! Done. Make sure the top and bottoms are even and cut with a knife for a nice clean edge.
  6. You can add sugar on top for sparkle, or brush with egg white to make them shine. We did neither, as I like ours au naturel!
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until very lightly colored on top and around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These candy canes look great with a mix of other cookies, so we added a few traditional ones in the mix. But at the end of the day, it was the candy canes that the kids loved most!

Enjoy and if you like our Christmas activities, see these easy orange pomanders, these homemade wreaths, or these Christmas fingerprint cards.





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