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Candy cane cookies on white marble background with chocolate.


How to make Candy Cane Cookies:

It’s so simple to make these little bites. They make the perfect festive treat, and can also be packaged up and given as gifts. You know I love a homemade gift so!

Firstly beat your butter and sugar together. Then you can add in an egg, your sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda, chocolate chunks and half of your candy cane chunks and peppermint extract.


As you would expect I am quite particular about the flavourings I use in my baking but the Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Peppermint Extract meets my exacting standards.  


Beat the mixture until it a stiff dough forms.

Scoop out balls onto a baking paper lined baking tray, top with a crushed candy canes and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.




Candy cane cookies on white marble background with chocolate.


Tips for making Candy Cane Cookies:

  • If you want to be really exact, use an ice cream scoop to measure out each dollop of mixture.
  • If you have time, put the cookie dough into the freezer for a couple of hours after shaping the cookies and before baking them. This really helps to give them a better shape.
  • You can also freeze the dough ahead of time and bake on the day you need them. The dough will keep for around a month.

Candy cane cookies on white marble background with chocolate.


Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. I’d love to know how you got on and what you thought of it if you make this Candy Cane Cookie recipe. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do.


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How to make Candy Cane Cookies:

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

A great cookie recipe for kids to help make this Christmas.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36


  • 150 g Unsalted butter
  • 75 g Caster sugar
  • 75 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 Eggs
  • 200 g Plain flour
  • 25 g Cocoa
  • 0.5 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Peppermint extract
  • 85 g Waitrose 1 Dark chocolate, Cut into small chunks
  • 150 g Candy Canes


  • Chop your candy canes into small pieces. 
  • Beat the butter with the sugars.
  • Beat in the eggs, flour, cocoa, bicarb, salt, chocolate chunks, peppermint extract and half of the candy canes (about six) until a stiff dough forms.
  • Form the dough into balls (you can weigh each one if you're that way inclined like me, they should be about 40g each). 
  • Freeze the dough balls for at least 2 hours. If you don't have time you can skip this step, it just helps them keep their shape. 
  • Pre heat your oven to 180deg fan (160deg conventional).
  • Bake on a lined baking for for 10 - 15 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Serve slightly warm, either from the oven or by popping in the microwave for 10 seconds each before eating.


Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 158mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 330IUCalcium: 15mgIron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Kids Cooking
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely superb recipe!! Won the office bake off competition with these beauties. And have just made up a batch of the dough to freeze and then bake on Boxing Day. Absolute Xmas classic

  2. Yum! I was one of the lucky ones that got a parcel of these in the mail, and these cookies were delicious! Thanks Sarah 🙂 They really brightened my day!

  3. Oh wow, they look amazing. I’m going to blame you in advance for the stone or so I am bound to put on over Christmas when I have time to try out some of your gorgeous recipes. xx