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Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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Easy Candy Cane Cookies
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 20
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Easy Candy Cane Cookies

Super fun and easy Christmas cookies for your holiday plate!

Ingredients

1
tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/3
cup flour
2
teaspoons Betty Crocker™ red gel food color
1
tablespoon water
2
candy canes, crushed (optional, for serving)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • 2 Use a sharp knife to slice the sugar cookie dough in half. Unwrap one half of the dough and place it inside a large zip-top bag. Add 3 tablespoons of flour and 2 teaspoons of red gel coloring to the bag. Close the bag and knead the dough until evenly tinted. Remove from bag and place on a parchment-lined workspace.
  • 3 Unwrap the second half of the dough. Knead 3 tablespoons of flour into the dough. Set aside.
  • 4 Take 1 tablespoon of red dough and roll it into a long, thin rope. The dough rolls best when it's rolled slowly under the palm of your hand. Roll a tablespoon of white dough into a long, thin rope.
  • 5 Lightly moisten your finger with a bit of water and run your finger along one side of the red rope. Gently press the white rope of dough to the moistened section of red dough. This helps the two types of dough stick together as you roll them into a single candy cane. Using the palm of your hand, slowly roll the red and white dough ropes together until about 1/2-inch thick and 7-8 inches long.
  • 6 Gently twist the dough rope to wind the colors into a spiral (like a candy cane). Then carefully transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Fold the top of the dough rope down for the crook of a candy cane. Repeat with remaining red and white dough.
  • 7 Bake in preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, or just until the bottom of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Remove and cool completely before transferring to a serving platter. Sprinkle plate with crushed candy canes for garnish, if desired.
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Super easy cookies start with refrigerated sugar cookie dough and end up as candy canes!

As prepared by Cheeky Kitchen,

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…

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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.

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

Slice that packet of dough in half. One half is going to stay white. The other’s going to get tinted red.

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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.

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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).

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

‘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.

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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!

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

Now for the easy part... bend the top of each of your candy cane cookies to form the hook of the cane. Then bake!

 

Easy Candy Cane Cookies

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!

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