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How to Make Santa Smile with these Festive Candy Cane Lane Cookies

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Did you know Santa is plum sick and tired of eating chocolate chip cookies? It’s true! Mrs. Claus told me. But don’t worry! These festive Candy Cane Lane Cookies are sure to bring a huge smile to Old St. Nick and have him laughing all the way to the North Pole. 

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The crushed candy peppermint on the top reminds me of the game Candy Land. It just looks like a little peppermint rock pathway to happiness! And it is! 

These Candy Cane Lane Cookies are buttery, sweet, minty fresh, and cool. Basically they are snickerdoodles with the cinnamon swapped out for peppermint. They are crispy on the edge and chewy in the middle. 

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

Pepperdoodles just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it! 

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

This easy recipe whips up a standard dough made up of butter, sugar, eggs and flour but with a twist. These cookies are dipped in crushed peppermint before baking!

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

Catherine Olson
Butter sugar cookies dipped in crushed candy canes!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen


  • Hand Mixer


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup crushed candy canes
  • cup crushed candy canes for dipping cookie dough


  • Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs and beat with a handheld mixer until dough doubles in size
  • Add flour, soda, salt and ⅓ cup of crushed candy canes
  • Stir just until dough comes together
  • Roll dough into balls and place face down into remaining crushed candy canes until the surface is covered
  • Cook with candy cane mixture face up
  • Bake at Fahrenheit 350° for 9-11 minutes
Keyword Candy Cane Lane Cookies

Why Do You Leave Out Cookies for Santa?

There are several origin stories for why we leave out cookies for Santa.

  • The first is, of course, that he’s traveled a long way, and needs refreshment.
  • Another is that it gives children a way to say Thank You to Santa for all he brings them.
  • Don’t forget the reindeer need treats too!

But did you know that Santa used to eat the Christmas Tree decorations? To dissuade him families started leaving out cookies to fill his tummy instead!

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

What is the Most Popular Cookie Left for Santa?


Right? I’d never leave Santa store bought cookies, but have you tried the peanut butter filled ones? Mmmm!

How Do You Incorporate Santa Claus into a Christian Christmas?

We love celebrating Christmas, and think Santa Claus is the perfect emulation of Christlike love. He devotes his life to service to celebrate the most important day of the year!

Candy Cane Lane Cookies

The Symbolism of the Candy Cane

The Candy Cane is one of the most prominent symbols of the Holiday Season.

It symbolizes our Savior Jesus Christ first as the shape of the staff that shepherds hold as they tend their flock. The shape also reminds us that He watches over us as our Elder Brother.

But which way is right side up? Held the other way, it’s the letter J – for Jesus.

The candy cane represents Christ’s perfection with white, and His sacrifice with red. The peppermint flavor is reminiscent of the hyssop plant that is used frequently in the bible for purification.

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