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Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

 Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

There is only one recipe for Candy Cane Cookies, and it’s the Betty Crocker one.

When I asked Mike what his favourite Christmas cookie memory was from his childhood, he promptly answered “Candy Cane Cookies” and sent me a beseeching look begging me to make them.

Alas, these cookies are at my sister’s house, so there aren’t any Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies for Mike until Christmas Eve, when she brings them down.

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Unless of course, she and my nephew eat them all beforehand which is always a possibility.

 Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

I’m pretty sure that these cookies were originally in the Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book many, many years ago. These are the candy cane cookies that all of our moms made for us and it’s the ones that I make for my own children. Whether or not you use almond flavouring or mint is up to you, but the classic flavour is the almond. These plain butter cookies with that cherry flavouring are my favourite, no matter how much I love mint.

 Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

There’s something perfect about these twisty, delicious cookies that is perfect.

There’s no crazy chocolate or wild decorations.

There’s nothing really that fancy about them, to be honest and I’ll guarantee that our love for these candy cane cookies lies in their sheer simplicity. It also stems from the fact that most of us can remember twisting and turning these with our Mom or Dad, baking up a storm for Christmas – and these were almost always included on the cookie menu.

 Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

This Christmas I’m really enjoying going back to the old basic recipes, instead of trying to come up with some newfangled, crazy ideas. Not that those won’t happen this December, but there’s something about the classics that simply warm our hearts more than the new cookies do.

Who remembers making or eating these as a child? Did you like mint or almond flavouring the best?

Happy Baking everyone!

Love you more than Christmas,

Karlynn

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Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red / green food colouring

Instructions

  1. Stir sugar, butter,milk,vanilla,peppermint extract and egg in large bowl
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt, mix into butter mixture.
  3. Divide dough into half. mix food coloring into one half.
  4. Refrigerate for over 4 hours.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. For each candy cane, shape one rounded teaspoon of dough from each half. Roll each into a 4 inch rope.
  7. Place one red and one white rope side by side and press lightly together and twist.
  8. Place on a pan lined with parchment paper and curve the top to shape into a cane.
  9. Bake 9-12 minutes until lightly brown.
  10. Remove froom cookie sheet to cool.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosemary Parker
    December 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I used to make these all the time when I was a kid, such great memories!

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    Cherie Lynn
    December 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    What I’m really looking for is the old butter flavoured crisco gingerbread cookie recipe. If you could find it I would be most grateful

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I have lots of old cookbooks, will keep an eye out!

  • Reply
    Tania McDonald
    December 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    MY FAVORITE… well after the whipped shortbread with maraschino cherries shoved in the middle!!!!

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Oh yes always whipped shortbread first!!

  • Reply
    Gloria Duggan
    December 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I make these every year!!

  • Reply
    Mary P Hoffman
    December 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The kids would probably want to make more colors than just red & green and make creative color combos!

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    RosemaryB
    December 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    They are so pretty!

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    Rosemary Burrows
    December 15, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I love these. Mine have never been so beautifully rounded.

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      Nancy Clarkson
      December 15, 2016 at 8:07 am

      I’ve made these too but mine don’t look this good ,

  • Reply
    Jen Sims
    December 7, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Tanis S. Coulson you used to make these! Maybe I can convince Kareena Sims to do it this year!

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    Martina Murphy
    December 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Love them and make them every year!

  • Reply
    Gloria Duggan
    December 6, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I make these EVERY YEAR!!

  • Reply
    Mary P Hoffman
    December 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    They’re pretty. My mother used to make them every year when we were little. We loved them!

  • Reply
    Heather Nestmann
    December 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Totally forgot about these cookies! Going to make them this year the kids will love them

  • Reply
    Susan McNabb Ruff
    December 6, 2016 at 11:48 am

    We make these every year!!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      They are a classic!

  • Reply
    Sarah Hodge
    December 6, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Oh my goodness, my mom and I were just discussing these the other night (myself with nostalgia, and her remembering how much work they were!!)

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hahaha yes ! The twisting and the pinching! A labour of love!

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    Sonya Coenen
    December 6, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Been making these since I was a kid! We use almond extract though but love the peppermint addition!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      My nephew has nut allergies so mint is a tasty alternative!

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    Rose-Mary Hall
    December 6, 2016 at 5:39 am

    My mom made these every year. I just found the recipe yesterday and plan to make them this year.

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I’m whipping up two batches this week.

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    Heather Pollock
    December 6, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Never seen these before

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    Judith Hilborn Ball
    December 6, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Oh my goodness , I made these for my kids as they were growing up ,they were very much apart of my Christmas baking ,the kids loved them as well as the adults. I must make them again this year even though there is just my hubby and I. Memories you got love them. Merry Christmas

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      The Kitchen Magpie
      December 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Have a very Merry Christmas and have fun baking!!

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