These adorable and delicious Candy Cane Cookies are so fun to make and are a Christmas staple for holiday baking!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer combine butter and powder sugar on low until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Add egg and egg white along with vanilla extract and and peppermint and mix until fluffy and well combined.
Add the flour and salt and mix on low until fully blended.
Divide the dough in half and wrap one half in plastic wrap and shape it into a disc.
To the second half add 3-4 drops of red food gel and knead until fully colored. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate both dough discs for 1 hour.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, roll a tablespoon of each dough into a 4-6 inch long rope.
Place the ropes side by side and carefully twist the red and white ropes together; curving the end down resembling a cane.
Add to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, repeat with the remaining dough.
Brush with beaten egg white and transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 8-10 min Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
While the cookies cool, combine crushed candy canes and sugar. Coat the cookies with candy mixture and allow them to cool completely.