Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

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Let the festive baking season begin as the heart of cookies and catwalks comes to life! I have a slew of favourites that I whip up every year. If you have a traditional favourite, don't horde it to yourself! Share and I'll post.

Today, I started on the king of all Christmas cookies: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies. An absolute must to bring in the month of December.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

The Cookie
1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg

The Filling
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4-5 drops of red food coloring

The Final Touch
Candy Canes; crushed or chopped in food processor

Making the Cookies:

Whisk flour, cocoa, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric blender, beat sugar and butter in large bowl. Beat in the egg. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Refrigerate dough 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out a mound of dough and roll into a smooth ball. Place ball on prepared baking sheet, and repeat until cookie tray is full and leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.

Using the bottom of a glass, squish each ball to 2-inches round (edges will crack). Bake for about ten minutes (do not over-bake or cookies will become too dry). Set aside to cool.

Making the Filling:
Using electric mixer, beat icing sugar and butter until well blended. Add peppermint extract and 4-5 drops food coloring. Beat until pink, adding more food coloring for darker pink colour if desired. Spread 2 generous teaspoons filling on flat side of a cookie then top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing gently to adhere. Repeat with remaining cookies and peppermint filling. Be sure that icing squishes out the side of the cookie sandwich.

The Final Touch...Place crushed candy canes on plate. Roll edges of cookie sandwiches in crushed candy canes.

I usually quadruple this recipe as they're a favourite of many!! If you find it too dry from quadrupling the quantities, add one more egg to even things out.


  1. How many does this make?? Great recipe!

  2. Gee, it's hard to say since I always triple or quadruple it!! I would say with a single recipe, you'd get 10 - 15 since you have to use two cookies to make the sandwich. Happy Baking!

  3. Really good Recipe, Good for Meetings and what not :)


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