Candy Cane Twists

I got this recipe from & tried them today. Yum yum!! Time for holiday cooking....can't wait to see what everyone's making :)

Makes: 32 cookies
Prep: 20 minutes.
Chill: 2 hours.
Bake: at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes.

2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 drops red liquid food coloring
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg white, lightly beaten

1. In small bowl, whisk 2 cups of the flour, the baking powder and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth, 1 minute. Beat in egg, egg white and peppermint. On low, beat in flour mixture. Remove half of dough to bowl; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon flour and tint dough pink with red food coloring. Knead cocoa into second half of dough. Flatten each piece into 8-inch disk; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 F. On floured surface, roll out chocolate dough to a 10 x 8-inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise into sixteen 1/2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip in half crosswise; you will have 32 strips, each 5 x 1/2 inch. Roll under hands to make 6-inch ropes. Repeat with pink dough.

3. Twist together one chocolate rope and one pink rope. Curl a "hook" in one end of each twist, to form a candy-cane shape. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg white.

4. Bake cookies at 350 F for 8 to 10 minutes, until firm and golden around edges. Remove promptly from baking sheet; transfer carefully to cooling racks with large spatula. Cool completely.


  1. Fun and cute. I'll try them. My friend makes these but with almond extract instead of peppermint/chocolate. I love holiday recipes.

  2. We used to make these growing up w/ Shosh, the almond I mean. I'll have to try to peppermint combo. Just looking at candycane cookies makes me feel festive!


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