Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Turn a favorite holiday flavor into pretty peppermint sandwich cookies and serve them up at a cookie exchange, holiday party, or potluck.

Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
45 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
20 sandwich cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • Red paste food coloring

  • 1 recipe Peppermint Filling

Peppermint Filling

  • cup butter, softened

  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk


  1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Divide dough in half. Leave one half plain. Tint the remaining half with desired amount of food coloring. Cover each portion and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Shape each portion of dough into 1/2-inch balls. Roll together one plain ball and one red ball. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press with the bottom of a sugared glass until about 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with remaining dough, placing balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

  4. Spread Peppermint Filling on bottoms of half of the cookies, using 2 teaspoons for each cookie. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.

Peppermint Filling

  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in peppermint extract. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in enough milk to make a filling of piping consistency.

To Store:

Layer sandwich cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

187 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 19mg 0%
Folate, total 18.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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