Getting ready for holiday baking? These classic decorated Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies are a Christmas crowd-pleaser, especially with kids!
Cream the powdered sugar and butter together in a standing mixer. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Blend in the flour and salt.
Divide the dough into two separate bowls, adding red food coloring to one of them. Mix the food coloring into the dough until you're satisfied with the tint.
Use a cookie scoop to create prepared balls of dough, ready to be twisted together into candy canes. When all of the dough has been scooped, gently begin rolling the dough into ropes.
Place one white rope and one red rope next to each other, then carefully twist the dough into a candy cane shape. Gently press the ends together so the candy cane does not separate while baking.
Bake the cookies at 350° for 8–10 minutes on a parchment lined pan, being mindful not to overcook the dough.
Sprinkle crushed candy canes over the hot, freshly baked cookies, then allow the cookies to cool completely before moving them to a wire rack.