Classic Canadian Cookies

Author: Natasha Hermann

Happy Canada Day! We have the perfect recipe to feel patriotic this year: red and white cookies! While you’re munching on these delicious cookies, why not watch a Canadian classic movie or show like Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea or Wind at my Back? You can find more recipes in Cooking with Anne of Green Gables, or The Avonlea Cookbook at Also, check out more videos on our YouTube channel!

Prep Time:

20 minutes

Freeze Time:

1 hour

Cook Time:

15 minutes

Total Time:

1 hour, 35 minutes

Serving Size:

12 Cookies

Inspired By:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Red food colouring
  • Maple leaf cookie cutter


  1. Mix together softened butter and icing sugar until it becomes a paste. Then add in vanilla and combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt, and then add the butter paste to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  3. The dough should not crumble if you squish it together, if it's too dry add a bit of water. Roll the dough into 3 even sections.
  4. Add red food colouring to two sections of the dough. Add slowly until you've achieved a bright red colour.
  5. Flatten the dough horizontally in the order: red, white, red. Then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Flatten dough again, it is OK if the colours overlap a bit. Using a maple leaf cookie cutter, punch red and white cookies out of the dough. All the leaves will be a bit different.
  7. Bake at 325°F for about 10 - 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


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