Candy Cane Crinkles

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Once upon a time when I was 16, I dated a boy. He was cute, sweet and semi-popular. He came from a big family that was friends with my big family. We dated a while. My Dad joked with his Dad about his son marrying his daughter. *awkward* My sisters and I were friends with his sisters and his Mom was THE.BEST.COOK. Forreals.

Her pulled pork is the {I only had it once, but that one time was enough to be a life changer.} And her rolls are legendary in the Ottawa area. If I got ahold of the recipe, there’s no telling what I would do. Actually, I’d probably have a stroke.

So, this relationship progresses like any high school first love relationship would progress…and then I dump him.

Then I realize I was an idiot and try to get him back for the next few months…we get back together.

And then I dump him again….through his sister! I was a meanie…what can I say? I believe my exact words were “tell your brother to consider himself dumped!” {Totally mean, right?} I was never one to be dumped. I always did the dumping.

I feel really great about this decision, except for the fact that I’ve pretty much cut all my ties to ever getting that roll recipe.


So, time goes on as it usually does and I stay in touch with his sisters. Some of them end up going to the University I went to, I see them around, some of them came to my baby shower, etc. etc.

WELL, just the other day, one of these sisters sent me a message saying that her Mom adapted my Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe, except she replaced the lemon with candy canes. Umm….what? I’m sorry….umm…WHAT? My jaw hit the floor because:

1. YOUR Mom made MY recipe?

2. Your Mom maybe reads my blog?! Really? Am I being punked? {Hi Lorna! :)}

3. Candy canes in place of lemon? Brilliant!

So, I had to try it out for myself and of course these cookies were just amazing. The Lemon Crinkles won me a contest a few months back, so I was happy to tweak this recipe to turn this pretty simple recipe into something extra special for the holidays.

And just FYI, me and this boy are happily married {to other people} and this is all water under the bridge now. No hard feelings! 🙂

To make these amazingly delicious and easy cookies, you will need the following:


I like to start by crushing my candy canes. Throw them into a plastic ziploc bag and bang them up with a rolling pin. I don’t even unwrap the candy canes either. Once they’re crushed, you can pick out the plastic wrappers. Because I’m lazy. Oh yeah.candy cane crinkles 1

Hello my pretties! I had a few bigger chunks of candy cane, but for the most part these were pretty small.candy cane crinkles 2

Ok, now lets get started with the cookie dough. Cream some buttuh and shugah togethah. candy cane crinkles 3

Add in an egg…candy cane crinkles 4

…and some vanilla.candy cane crinkles 5

Let the mixer whip this up so it’s super light and fluffy. My KitchenAid does an amazazazing jorb at this.candy cane crinkles 6

Measure out your baking powder, baking soda and salt–
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and stir it into your flour.candy cane crinkles 8

Dump all your dry ingredients into the bowl and stir it around until it’s just incorporated.candy cane crinkles 9

Last thing to do is add in your crushed candy canes.candy cane crinkles 10

I don’t know about you but I could eat this whole bowl of dough. Come to momma.candy cane crinkles 11

Once I dismounted the bowl from the mixer, a little girl showed up in my kitchen with her “green” {OXO spatula} and requested a taste test. She was so cute that I agreed and then kept her for free child labor.candy cane crinkles 12

To form these sweet lil things, start with a tablespoon of dough.candy cane crinkles 13

Roll it into a ball…candy cane crinkles 14

…and roll that ball in powdered sugar. It’s not rocket science, people! Super simple stuff.candy cane crinkles 15

A great job for little hands.candy cane crinkles 16

P.S.–> Expect a mess.candy cane crinkles 17

Once you have a tray full, pop those babies into a 350 degree oven and let ’em bake. NOT TOO LONG! The key to these is their chewiness. You want the outside of the cookie to look matte {not shiny} when you pull them out. Mine were done in 8 minutes on the nose.candy cane crinkles 18

See? Not shiny and barely golden {if that} around the edges.candy cane crinkles 19

Cool them off and serve them up!candy cane crinkles final 2

I LOVED these and hope they make it to your mouth soon. 🙂

Products I used in this recipe:

Beanilla vanilla

Chicago Metallics cookie sheets and cooling racks

KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer

OXO pop top storage containers, measuring cups, measuring spoons, spatulas

Le Creuset spatulas


Candy Cane Crinkles

Yield: 2 dozen small


  • 3 whole candy canes, crushed
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole Egg
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ⅛ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cups Powdered Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease light colored baking sheets with non stick cooking spray, line with parchment paper or use silicone baking mat and set aside.
  2. Place candy canes into a plastic food storage bag and crush using a rolling pin. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in vanilla and egg. Scrape sides and mix again. Stir all dry ingredients together in a small bowl and then in pour into mixer and slowly mix until just combined, excluding the powdered sugar. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again briefly. Stir in crushed candy canes. Pour powdered sugar onto a large plate. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until bottoms begin to barely brown and cookies look matte {not melty or shiny}. Remove from oven and cool cookies about 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  5. *If using a non stick darker baking tray, reduce baking time by about 2 minutes.

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  1. My daughter and I made these tonight – super duper yummy!! Great recipe! These will be added to our family favorites. Thanks so much!

  2. I made these today – well tonight at 11pm cuz if I didn’t now well the last three candy canes I had were gonna go bye-bye into my mouth :p

    THE only two differences in the recipe that I didn’t do/use is a. I didn’t have the vanilla extract sadly :c but I have made cookies without it & they’ve tasted good anyways.. The OTHER thing is.. I should have done like you bang a candy-cane with the rolling pin in a bag.. erm I was like I can do these easy.. HAHA no I ended up putting them into a bowl & using the bottom of a glass coffee cup i ended up powdering more then crushing. :c

    I wish there was more peppermint flavor throughout the cookie but cuz mine was more powdered then crushed I suspect that’s why. :3 THOUGH did make my batter a nice shade of pinky red :3

  3. Lauren,
    Loved the story

  4. Loved these cookies! Brought them to our Christmas Bazaar today and was asked for the recipe four times!

  5. I just made these cookies. I’m not a baker at all and they came out wonderfully! I’m bringing them to a friend’s house tonight. haha, I love your story too!

  6. This is by far the best way to use up old candy canes, I made these for my wife and they were great. But recipe is overly complex. I just threw everything into a bowl in alphabetical order and scooped it out onto a tray and it worked fine.

  7. Very good and favorable. Mine seem to spread a little too much. Maybe cause of the butter. Any suggestions?

    • How do you measure your flour? That seems to be the one thing that is different when making these cookies. I think you would need 1-2 tablespoons more flour to keep them from spreading as much.

  8. These are very good cookies. I made them today and the neighbor kids liked them. They did spread however. I suppose its cause of the butter? All in all they were good.

  9. I think the butter is why they spread. It seems like all the cookies I make with butter have been spreading alot. Perhaps more flour is the answer. Good luck!

  10. I have purchased crushed peppermint candy (yes, it comes in a bag much like chocolate chips). Can you tell me approximately how much (in a measurement) 3 candy canes crushed equals? Guessing 1/3 cup roughly?

  11. I purchased crushed peppermint candy (yes it comes in a bag much like chocolate chips). How much would you guess 3 crushed candy canes measures–1/3 cup?

  12. Oh my gosh those look so good, I hope me and my mom can make them together, by the way your daughter is soooo cute! Okay, thank’s

  13. You should probably start the dry ingredients sentence with “excluding the powdered sugar” – not tag it on after “pour into mixer and mix slowly” – otherwise someone (!) will waste a lot of ingredients following the recipe step by step…

  14. Hello! Fast forward to 2016…if i am using already crushed candy canes, how much should I put into the recipe?

  15. Making these with my kids tonight!

  16. So excited to make/try these this year!

  17. These wonderful cookies have become a Christmas tradition in my home. They’re my go-to gift cookie and I bake them every year. I’m even doing a Whole30 this month and can’t have them, but I’m still baking several batches. Thanks so much for this easy and awesome recipe!



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