I have fond memories of making Candy Cane sugar cookies with my mom at Christmas time as a kid. They are fun and simple to make.
You will need one recipe of sugar cookie dough for cut cookies. Use your own or this one from my mom below.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of Margarine
2 TBS of milk
2 tsp of vanilla
2 1/2 Cups of flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
Red food coloring
Cream together sugar and margarine. Stir in eggs, milk and vanilla. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to wet ingredients. Mix well.
Instructions for Candy Cane Cookies
Divide dough evenly in half. To half the dough stir in a few drops of red food coloring until you get a shade you like. Chill all the dough in the fridge for at least one hour. Work with small batches of dough, leaving the rest in the fridge. If the dough gets to0 warm it will be hard to work with.
On a floured surface roll one small chunk of red dough and one small chunk of white dough out in to long cords.
Twist the cords together.
Shape like a candy cane.
Put on a greased cookie sheet. When cookie sheet is full return to fridge for another hour. This will help the cookies retain their shape while baking.
Bake at 425 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown.