A Year of Holidays: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

A review of Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays” cookbook.

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Mmmmm….these will be coming back to our house next year for sure!  And you can find the recipe here to make it yourself!

I made the dough first thing in the morning before leaving for work.  It didn’t take long, and is mostly just tossing ingredients into an electric mixer until it all comes together (and occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl).  Then the dough is wrapped in plastic wrap and left to chill in the fridge.

When I got home this evening, the dough was rolled out into balls, pressed with the bottom of a glass, and baked in the oven until set.

While the cookies baked and cooled, the mints were placed in plastic bags and crushed.  The Pioneer Woman recommends using a rolling pin, but I found a meat mallet to be VERY effective.  It did leave some holes on the backside of the baggies, and consequently some powdered candy on my counter, but it was easy to clean up and took far less time than my cheap wooden rolling pin would have.  I had way too much candy left over in the end anyway, so losing a little bit of it was fine.

Once the cookies are cooled and the candy crushed, it’s time for the final step!

I couldn’t find almond bark so I opted to use white chocolate instead.  I melted it in the microwave, and then dipped each cookie into the white chocolate before sprinkling it with crushed candy.  Then they were left on parchment paper for the chocolate to harden.

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Taste: 10/10

The chocolate cookie itself is amazing, and I would have given these a 10/10 for the cookie alone.  The white chocolate and mint additions add just a little taste of Christmas to make this cookie festive!

My personal favorites were the cookies with the spearmint, but peppermint was delicious as well!

Difficulty: Average20191217_204930

There are more steps to this recipe than a typical cookie, and working with cold dough can sometimes be a little annoying, but it wasn’t a difficult cookie either.

Cost: Average

You will need butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, salt, red peppermints, green “peppermints” (I think she meant spearmint?), and almond bark (or white chocolate).

Suggestion:

Start looking for the green spearmints in advance so you have time to order them online if you can’t find them anywhere else.  I checked multiple grocery stores and pharmacy stores, but the best I could find was a “favorites” pack of hard candy that included the spearmints among many others.

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