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Sugar cookies cut into snowflake and gingerbread men shapes, coated with white royal icing and decorated with red dots and lines.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies, candy cane cookies, cookies
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Laureen King
Amazing tasting Candy Cane Sugar Cookies! The perfect recipe for making decorative cut out cookies.
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  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely ground candy canes I use pink or red cherry flavoured
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk


  • Mix together flour and salt.
  • Using food processor grind candy canes to fine sugar consistency.
  • Using electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and candy cane sugar together until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes)
  • Add eggs, egg yolk and vanilla, beat to combine.
  • Add flour a bit at a time until all the flour is combined.
  • Separate into 2 or 3 even pieces, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Flour work surface, then roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Dust cookie cutters with flour before cutting shapes from dough.
  • Transfer to baking sheet. Place baking sheet into refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill the dough again. This will prevent cookies from spreading so they keep the nice sharp edges.
  • Bake 350ºF for 8-10 minutes (just until edges start to brown)
  • Cool completely. Decorate with royal icing.


I like cherry flavoured red and white candy canes. They make a beautiful pink colour, but lately can only seem to find the red and white peppermint variety. These will work just fine just with a peppermint flavour instead of cherry. Link for How to Decorate cookies with Royal Icing 


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg