My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

My Candy Cane Cookies

I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book back in high school. The book is a keepsake of mine that I hope to give to one of my future children who will [ideally] share my love for the domestic stuff. Our version of the cookbook was printed in the year my Mommy was born and passed d down from my late great grandmother Pearlie Mae and so it’s very special to me.

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

Now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, on to the cookies themselves. These cookies are addictive. Like…shocked-to-look-down-at-your-plate-and-only-see-crumbs addictive. I guarantee you can’t eat just one! One of my closest cousins requests that I make them every year and she doesn’t let me hear the end of it if I don’t get around to it. Writing this post brings back so many memories of making a mess in my parents’ kitchen during winter breaks from school. The original recipe calls for separating and dyeing half the dough red then making twists using bits from each half to form truly candy cane shaped cookies. I did that the first couple of times I made them but always had leftover uncolored dough for some reason and would make simple little round cookies out of it. A bit of laziness and a desire to minimize my usage of artificial food coloring meant that I eventually just stuck with the simple round versions and kept it moving.

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

Another helpful shortcut is to use pre-crushed peppermint bits rather than smashing candy canes. Unless you have some frustration to work out, this is the way to go.

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

I just add them right into the dough.

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

So now, they look more like peppermint drops than candy canes. They’re still cute, though! No matter how they look, they always get eaten in record time because they are just that good! The insides are so buttery soft and the flavor simply evokes the feeling of Christmas time.  There’s a hint of almond flavor and, of course, peppermint. Obviously, I don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore but if I did, these are the cookies I’d leave for him to ensure I get the Manolo Blahniks of my SATC dreams!

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

I hope your holiday season is filled with family time and lots of yummy baked goods. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz

My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz

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My Candy Cane Cookies
My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
My candy cane cookies are a Christmas family favorite, cute as a button and deliciously addictive! Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooky Book recipe by Dash of Jazz
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, crushed peppermint, and sea salt in one bowl.
  2. Thoroughly mix butter, sugar, egg, and extracts in another.
  3. Combine and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Scoop out dough by the tablespoon and roll into balls before placing on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 9 minutes. Tops will not brown.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from the original candy cane cookie recipe, found in Betty Crocker's Cooky Book.

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23 Comments

  1. KIm

    Oh yum! I need to set aside some time to bake with my kids – these would be perfect!

  2. Yum! These sound delicious and I love how they look festive this time of year 🙂

  3. Closest cousin

    Awww, this blog post made me cry. I had completely forgotten how my favorite cookies evolved over the years- but this post brought back all the memories. Can’t wait to have some soon! My mouth is watering!
    –love, closest cousin

    1. Jazz

      Yay! 🙂

  4. The cookies look really good!

    One Awesome Momma

  5. Oh my goodness! These look amazing. I am a terrible baker, so I will sharing with my husband to bake for me! LOL

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

  6. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is candy canes, and next to that is cookies! I love how you can make two things I love come together. These look delicious! I’m definitely trying them this holiday season!!

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  7. These look like the bomb.com ! Trying these at our bake night!

    With Love Rochelle | http://www.withloverochelle.com

  8. I am totally making this tonight. But it would be only me eating them. I’m the only mint fan in the household lol

    1. Jazz

      I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for reading!

  9. These look delicious! I agree that your leaving out the food coloring was a good idea. I’m surprised by the almond.

    1. Jazz

      Yes, the almond makes the flavor more memorable and distinctive, in my opinion. Thanks for reading!

  10. Making these this weekend. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. That is so sweet- when it comes to baking recipes- old, loved cookbooks are the best!

  12. These are a classic in our house too!!! I love anything with peppermint, and especially love COOKIES!! They are a great one to make for Cookie Exchanges too since they make quite a few!

    1. Jazz

      Yes, they’d be great for a cookie exchange. Thanks for reading!

  13. Oh my god these are too perfect for Christmas! And how adorable is that cookbook?! Love that you still have it..total keepsake

    1. Jazz

      Yes, definitely a keepsake I hope to have for generations to come. Thanks for reading!

  14. val

    These look delicious and I love that they’re from your old cookbook!

  15. These look so yummy! I can’t wait to try.

  16. I’m obsessed with all things peppermint right now! These look amazing!!

  17. Perfect timing to read your article! I’m baking my Christmas cookies this weekend and will definitely be adding these to my list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Jazz

      No problem, thank you for reading! I hope y’all enjoy these cookies–I’ll be whipping up another batch soon.

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