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Candy Cane Twists

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Makes:about 50 cookies

Kids find these bright festive cookies as much a treat to make as they are to eat. Made with our Melt-in-Your-Mouth Shortbread Video Technique, they’re fun and easy to bake.



2 cups 500 mL butter, softened
1 cup 250 mL granulated sugar
3 ¼ cups 800 mL Robin Hood® Original All Purpose Flour
½ cup 125 mL corn starch
½ tsp 2 mL red food colouring
¼ tsp 1mL peppermint extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°F). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Shortbread: Cream butter in a large bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed until very light in texture, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and continue beating until sugar is completely combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Combine flour and corn starch in a separate medium bowl. Add to butter mixture on low speed until well combined.
  4. Divide dough in half. Add red food colouring and peppermint extract to one half.
  5. Tip

    Chill the dough once made before shaping it into candy canes. Chilled dough is easier to work with and keeps its shape, making it easier for little hands to work with.

  6. Roll 1 rounded teaspoonful (5 mL) of dough into a 6” (15 cm) rope on a lightly floured surface. Repeat, using 1 teaspoonful (5 mL) red dough. Place ropes side by side; gently twist together. Pinch ends to seal. Curve one end into the “hook” of a candy cane.
  7. Tip

    When you’re making the cookies with the kids, get a ruler and help them make all the cookies the same size. That way, they’ll all bake at the same time and you’ll reduce the chance of overbrowning.

  8. Place on prepared baking sheet 2” (5 cm) apart.
  9. Bake in preheated oven 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling rack.


  • To make different colours of Two Toned Cookies divide dough in half. Beat desired food colouring into half the dough. Beat a different colour into the other half of the dough. Roll both doughs together.
  • For drop cookies take 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of dough mixture and roll into a ball. Roll in granulated sugar.  Place 2” 5 cm apart. Flatten with fork. Bake in 350°F (180°F) for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on wire cooling rack.

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