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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

If you’ve got leftover candy canes try this EASY recipe for Candy Cane Cookies, leftover candy canes never had it so good! If you have someone who loves peppermint AND cookies this recipe is for you.

Fresh Candy Cane Cookies.

Big soft baked peppermint sugar cookies are topped with an easy peppermint frosting and then topped with crushed-up leftover candy canes!

Peppermint Cookies topped with candy canes and frosting.

Are these Peppermint cookies?

YES!! These are the absolute pinnacle of peppermint cookies! We’ve got a lightly flavored peppermint cookie. Topped with a gentle peppermint-flavored frosting. And then a layer of crushed peppermint candy canes.

What do I need to make to Make these Candy Cane Cookies?

  • softened butter
  • granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • powdered sugar
  • peppermint extract–do not use essential oils
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
Ingredient for candy cane cookies.

Can I use peppermint essential oils for this candy cane cookie recipe?

NO. These cookies don’t taste good made with essential oils. Please use peppermint extract for this recipe for the best results. Essential oils, to me, do not taste good when they’re baked into cookies. The flavor is not great.

A stack of candy cane cookies.

What to do with leftover candy canes

Leftover candy canes are never a terrible problem to have, right? If you have some use them to stir hot cocoa or even hot coffee. Or try these amazing recipes that use leftover candy canes!

What if I don’t have leftover candy canes?

If you don’t have any leftover candy canes or the ones you do have are a sticky mess can you still make these cookies? Yes, you can! Just swap out the crushed candy canes with crushed starlight mints.

Iced peppermint cookies.

You can find starlight mints in just about any candy aisle in any store. They’re the round peppermint disk candies that are so ubiquitous at restaurants. You’ll need roughly 3 ounces of starlight mints to replace the candy canes called for in this recipe.

Leftover candy canes top fresh peppermint cookies.

Yield: 14 cookies

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Fresh Candy Cane Cookies.

These soft fluffy candy cane cookies are the ultimate peppermint cookies!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Peppermint Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Peppermint Frosting

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes (about 5)


  1. preheat the oven to 350°
  2. line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside
  3. cream the butter and sugar until very soft and fluffy, 4-5 minutes
  4. Beat in eggs and extract
    Beat in extracts and eggs.
  5. in a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together
  6. stir into the wet ingredients
    Add flour mix to wet ingredients.
  7. divide the dough into 14 cookies, roll into balls
    Flattened cookies on a baking tray.
  8. place on the prepared sheets
  9. dip a cup in flour and press until the cookies are about 1/3 inch thick
  10. bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are just set
  11. let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack
  12. make the icing by beating together the butter and powdered sugar
  13. add the peppermint extract and stir until smooth
  14. put the candy canes in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped
  15. frost each cookie in a spiral and then with the crushed candy canes
    Frosted cookies on baking sheet.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 283Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 61mgSodium 236mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 2g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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4 thoughts on “Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies”

  1. Here in Australia we have a tradition called Christmas in July. Mostly because it is cold in July and come December the temperature will be pushing 45ºC (113ºF) and all the warm comforting Christmas dishes are too hot to make!
    So I made these cookies for our Christmas in July cookie swap. They were such a hit! Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe.


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