Peppermint flavored two tone cookie dough shaped like a candy cane then baked are a fun cookie to make with your kids! I remember making Candy Cane Cookies for a Christmas Cookie Tray with my mom when I was a young girl. We would put together several trays of different cookies and always would take one tray up to Grandpa and Grandma Law’s Christmas Eve family gathering, along with Mom’s delicious Cheese Ball recipe!
As a little girl, getting my hands in the cookie dough and rolling it out, twisting the dough together to make a Candy Cane Cookie shape was so fun! It can be a time consuming job, but if you have little ones, it is a very fun recipe to make with your children on a winter afternoon!
Making these are pretty simple. You make a shortbread type cookie dough to start. The dough is divided in half and one half of the dough is tinted with red food color (I use a gel coloring). The hardest part can be making sure the dough stays cold enough to roll out and twist, so it might be a good idea to keep part of the dough in the refrigerator as your working along.
If the dough gets too warm, it will be hard to twist. I found a little secret to twisting that made it a little easier for me. I dusted my board with some flour, then pinched off about a teaspoon of dough from each color. I then quickly rolled it with both hands a few times back and forth until they were about 3-inch long ropes.
I would pinch both ends of the dough together, then roll it away from me on the left hand side, while rolling it towards me on the right hand side. Once I got that twist in there, I lightly rolled it on the board back and forth a few times to help the dough stick together better. It took me a couple of times to get the hang of it, but once I did I felt like an old pro at twisting and shaping the cookie dough.
Don’t worry if the Candy Cane Cookies don’t look perfect or if your twist is a little loose. They still turn out good, even if your not consistent with the twisting. A few times I had to put the dough back into the fridge to cool it down again. Another thing I found was that adding a little more flour with the rolling also made it easier to keep the dough stiffer as I was working with it.
I can’t believe I never made these particular cookies with my own kids and I’m not really sure why I didn’t! However, if we ever get a chance to spend time baking cookies together again for the holidays, these will definitely be a fun one to make!
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