These easy candy cane cookies are adorable on a platter!
Add a little ooh-la-la to your Christmas cookie plate with one that looks exactly like... a candy cane! These gorgeous lil’ babies take just minutes to prep. So much cute, even more easy!
Here’s how to add them to your cookie lineup this year…
Do not grab a bowl. Do not grab a mixer! These cookies start with ready-to-bake Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough. Because Christmas should be enjoyable and easy, not rushy insanity.
Slice that packet of dough in half. One half is going to stay white. The other’s going to get tinted red.
To keep your fingers from getting turned Poinsettia Red, pop your dough into a zip-top bag and massage until all red is evenly doughed. Or all dough is evenly redded. Or, you know... ready.
Now to prep your cookies! A little flour makes the dough pliable. Then, start rolling the red and white dough into long, thin ropes.
The secret here is use your palm. The dough will roll more evenly and beautifully if you slowly form the ropes by rolling the dough beneath your palm (instead of beneath your pretty little fingers).
‘Nother baker's tip incoming! After making a dozen and a half of wonked-out cookies, I figured out a little trick. Once you have a red rope and a white rope of dough, moisten your fingers ever-so-slightly with water and run a little line along one side of the red rope. Then, press the white rope right into this moistened dough spot. This helps the two colors of dough stick together nicely.
Now you’ve got a long, thin red-and-white cookie dough rope. All it needs now is a little twist to give it that candy cane look. Gently twist the dough rope. Then, transfer to a cookie dough sheet... carefully. Since these cookies start as long, thin pieces of dough, a little care will get you gorgeous, crack-free cookies every time!
Now for the easy part... bend the top of each of your candy cane cookies to form the hook of the cane. Then bake!
Once baked, your cookies will be happiest if you leave them to cool before transferring to a cookie sheet.
Serve, share, and leave these out, because Santa will love ‘em as much as you do!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!