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Candy Cane Cookies
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.

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,



How to make delicious Candy Cane Cookies! These cookies have been around forever and are a classic Christmas cookie! #christmas #cookies

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Retro Betty Crocker Candy Cane Cookies

How to make delicious Candy Cane Cookies! These cookies have been around forever and are a classic Christmas cookie!

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Total Time
32 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 52mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 255IU, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 0.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Rosemary Parker says

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

  2. Cherie Lynn says

    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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  3. Tania McDonald says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Oh yes always whipped shortbread first!!

  4. Mary P Hoffman says

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

  5. Rosemary Burrows says

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

    • Nancy Clarkson says

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

  6. Jen Sims says

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

  7. Mary P Hoffman says

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

  8. Heather Nestmann says

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

  9. Sarah Hodge says

    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!!)

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  10. Sonya Coenen says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

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

  11. Rose-Mary Hall says

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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      I’m whipping up two batches this week.

  12. Judith Hilborn Ball says

    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

    • The Kitchen Magpie says

      Have a very Merry Christmas and have fun baking!!

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