These red and white striped confections have been completing Christmas cookie trays for years—since 1963 to be exact—and this version is based on the classic recipe from Betty’s Cooky Book, so you know it’s the real deal. If it’s been a part of your holiday baking traditions since the beginning, you know just how satisfying it is to twist together red and white cookie dough ropes and turn them into cute-as-can-be candy cane shapes. But if you’re new to this cookie, we can promise that baking a batch will make for wonderful holiday memories. With a splash of peppermint extract added to the dough and sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy on top, these festive twists will deliver big on tastes-like-Christmas flavor. And believe it or not, the dynamite taste and seasonal look of these cookies is not all this recipe has going for it, it’s also made for the cookie exchange! With a yield of 54 servings, you’ll have enough left to give as gifts (or reserve for household snacking).
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