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Kaua‘i's Favorite Recipes

Candy Cane Cookies

Type of Cuisine: American
Provided By: Skylar Shim
Category: Dessert
From: Lawai

My family makes these cookies every year for Christmas. I’ve been making them since I was in preschool. My mother got the recipe from her 2nd grade teacher 43 years ago. We made a modification to add peppermint for more flavor. I look forward to eating them every year.


1/2 cupsoftened butter
1/2 cupshortening
1 cupconfectioners' sugar
1-1/2 tspalmond extract
1 tspvanilla
1 tsppeppermint extract or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
2-1/2 cupsflour
1 tspsalt
6-8 dropsred food coloring
1/2 cupcrushed peppermint candy or candy canes
1/2 cupgranulated sugar


  1. Mix butter, shortening -- like Crisco -- confectioners' sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla, and peppermint extract together
  2. In a separate bowl, sift flour and salt together, then combine with batter and mix thoroughly
  3. Split dough in half and remove one half from the bowl, and mix red food coloring into the remaining half
  4. Roll 1 heaping teaspoon of each color dough into a 4 inch “rope,” then twist the two ropes together and curve the top to make it look like a candy cane. Repeat this step until you get the amount of cookies you want. I recommend smashing the hole where the candy cane curves together a bit so the topping doesn’t fall through
  5. Place the rolled candy canes on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the white part of the dough turns a light brown
  6. Crush the candy -- using a blender or a mallet -- and mix with the granulated sugar
  7. As soon as the cookies are done, sprinkle the topping on every cookie. You should do this quickly before the cookies cool. The candy topping should melt to the hot cookie.
  8. Let it cool a bit and you’re done! You can eat them with some milk and they taste super good. I hope you enjoy them!

Recipe submitted by Skylar Shim