I just love this Christmasy time of year! We had another snow storm yesterday here in Maine, so I stayed home and finished up some last minute on-line shopping. Then, I finally carved out some time to do a little holiday baking with the kids. I let them pick out some of their favorite cookie recipes that we will make over the next week. Then, we will make up some boxes to give along with gifts to their teachers and friends. Yesterday, we made their absolute favorite: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies.
These cookies are so fun to make and very festive for the holiday season! They are chocolate sandwich cookies with frosting in the center. I use a touch of mint extract in the frosting and place a generous tablespoon of it between two cookies. Then, I gently roll the edges of the sandwich cookies in crushed candy canes for a holiday flare. I actually made the dough Sunday night in anticipation of making them yesterday. However, it can be made the same day as well, just make sure to chill the cookie dough for at least an hour before use.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
Yields 24 Cookies
- 2 Cups of Flour
- 3/4 Cup of Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 sticks of Butter, softened
- 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Sticks of Butter, softened
- 2 tsp of Peppermint Extract
- 3 drops of Red Food Coloring
- 1 Cup of Crushed Candy Canes
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, coca & salt
- In a large bowl, beat sugar & butter with an electric mixer until well blended
- Next, add eggs to butter/sugar mixture and beat until blended.
- Then, slowly add flour mixture until well combined
- Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Spray 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper
- Using 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, roll into balls and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart
- Use palm of hand to flatten each ball
- Bake in oven for 10 to 11 minutes
- Transfer cookies on to wire racks and allow to cool for 15 minutes
- For Icing:
- Place powdered sugar and butter in medium bowl and beat with electric mixture until well blended
- Add peppermint extract and food coloring and beat until icing turns pink and is well blended
- Spread 1 generous tablespoon of icing on bottom of on cookie and top with another cookie to make sandwiches
- Roll edges of cookies in crushed candy canes so it sticks to the icing
*This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit December 2005
So Tell Me…
Do you enjoy holiday baking? What is your favorite Christmas or Holiday cookie? Do you enjoy giving or receiving baked goods as gifts? Are you done with your holiday shopping or are you still working on some last minute gifts?
Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Are you looking for some other great holiday recipes to make? Check out a few of these!
Short on time? Try these easy light, lemony gluten-free drop cookies!
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