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Candy Cane Frosted Swirl Cookies

Candy Cane Frosted Swirl Cookies. Take the classic candy cane cookie and give it a modern update by rolling it and frosting it with crushed candy canes!

Course dessert, appetizer, party dessert, easter dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Candy Cane Cookies, Candy Cane Swirl Cookies, Christmas Cookies, Cookie Exchange Cookies, Holiday Cookies, Peppermint cookies, Pinwheel Cookies, Swirl Cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 18


  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups butter,softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 20 small candy canes


  1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy.

    Swirl Candy Cane Cookies Ingredients
  2. Add egg and mix.

  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix until a ball forms.

  4. Take half of dough out and add food coloring to the remaining dough. Mix until food coloring is distributed throughout. If you want redder dough, add more food coloring until desired red color is achieved.

  5. Roll out each dough separately on floured surface.

  6. Lay the red dough on top of the uncolored dough. Roll it up into a log shape.

  7. Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap and let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

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  8. After an hour, take the dough out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 350-degrees.

  9. Cut dough log in 1/4 inch sections. Lay the cookies on a parchment papr-lined baking sheet.

  10. Bake cookies for 16-18 minutes. Take out and let cool.

  11. While cookies are cooling, make frosting.

  12. Combine powdered sugar and milk until it's a thick consistency.

  13. Crush up candy canes in a zip lock bag and put candy into a bowl.

  14. Dip the rim of each cookie into the frosting and then in the crushed candy canes.

  15. Lay cookies back on parchment paper and let the frosting set.

    Candy Cane Swirl Cookies

Recipe Notes

You can freeze the dough log. Wrap it in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. The night before you want to make the cookies, take the cookie log out of the fridge, remove the aluminum foil and put the plastic-wrapped cookie log in the fridge to defrost. The next day bake them as directed.