I used to make 3 or 4 kinds of cookies and bars at Christmas and give them out to family, friends, and neighbors. Then people started specifically requesting one kind. This kind. So I stopped making the others and started just making these. Everyone was happy with the cookies and I was happy with the decreased amount of baking. This year I’ve been a little busier so I’ve decreased my baking even more. Only a select few are getting “the cookies”. For everyone else, including those of you who I only know online, I will share the recipe. They’re really easy and have certain steps that are perfect for kiddo assistants.
Candycane Cocoa Cookies
(makes approximately 4 dozen cookies)
1 1/4 cups softened butter (2 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
approximately 1/4 box candy canes
Preheat oven to 350*
1. Using a mixer cream together the butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
3. In a separate mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture SLOWLY. Add about 1/2 cup of dry mixture at a time then mix, repeat until entirely incorporated.
5. Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes. An hour is better. Meanwhile (or earlier)…
6. Unwrap the candycanes and put into a plastic bag. Crush using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer mallet (flat side!).
7. Roll the dough into balls about the size of chocolate truffles.
8. Dip dough balls into the crushed candycanes and place, candy side up, on a cookie sheet.
9. Bake at 350* for 8-10 minutes. They will look puffy and flatten when cool.
Notes: Little hands can do a lot of helping jobs. They generally LOVE crushing the candycanes.
If you can find a box of mini candycanes that have partially broken it’s even easier. Bonus points if the cashier offers a slight discount because some of them are broken.
Mixing in the dry ingredients can get REALLY MESSY. I cover my stand mixer with a dishtowel and some of the powder still gets on the counter. If a super-clean kitchen floor is really important to you you may want to do this step by hand.
Err on the side of underdone. You do not want to overcook these.
This recipe, minus the candycanes, is on a stained note card and labeled “Dad’s Favorite Chocolate Cookies”. I made them for years before thinking to add the candycanes.