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Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

A delicious shortbread cookie topped with smooth chocolate and crushed candy canes. This Christmas cookie is easy to make and beautiful.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, european
Keyword: candy cane shortbread cookies, easy christmas cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Katie Shaw



  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable shortening divided
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies


  • Prep baking sheets. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with two racks in the upper middle and lower middle positions. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Make dough. Cream butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 cups of flour and mix on low until the flour is mixed in. The cookie dough will appear very crumbly, but do not add any liquid. Turn it on onto a floured surface and mix in the remaining ¼ cup of flour by hand.
    creamed butter and sugar and crumbly dough
  • Roll out and cut. Roll the cookie dough out to ½ inch thickness, dusting the rolling pin with flour if the dough sticks. Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter. Place on a prepared baking sheet. They will not spread much.
    dough being rolled out and cut into circles
  • Bake and cool. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, until cookies are set and edges are golden brown. Cool completely on wire racks for dipping.
    baked cookies on parchment
  • Dip and decorate. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave on LOW for 45 seconds, stirring halfway through. Dip the cookies in the chocolate and place them on a piece of waxed or parchment paper. Add the crushed peppermints while the chocolate is still melted. Let them rest on the paper until the chocolate sets.
    hand dipping cookies into melted chocolate and adding crushed candy canes.


You can double or triple the dough easily with a stand mixer.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg