Easy Candy Cane Recipe

Little candy canes

  • makes about 40
  • Easy

Christmas isn't complete without candy canes. These little cookie candy canes make great stylish, edible presents for friends or family around Christmas time



  • unsalted butter  200g, at room temperature
  • caster sugar  150g
  • vanilla extract  2 tsp
  • egg  1
  • plain flour  300g, sifted
  • red food colouring


  • Step 1

    Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, or use a large bowl with a hand-held electric beater. Beat in the vanilla and egg, then add the flour. Beat until smooth, remove from the bowl, halve and blend one half with red food colouring, adding until you get the depth of colour you want.  Wrap with clingfilm and chill for about 40 minutes until firm. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  • Step 2

    Roll both doughs out to 5mm thick. Cut into ½ cm strips and chill for 5-10 minutes until slightly firm. Take one of each colour, then press on top of each other. Press the ends together then carefully twist and roll them so they become a smooth rope. Shape into a candy cane and put on a baking sheet lined with baking paper (you might need to chill the dough between rollings if it gets too soft). Chill for 10 minutes then bake for 8 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 80
  • Fat 4.4g
  • Saturates 2.7g
  • Carbs 9.9g
  • Fibre 0.2g
  • Protein 0.9g
  • Salt 0.01g