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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

“When we were kids, my mother channeled our uncontainable excitement on Christmas Eve into baking cookies. We had a regular roster of recipes we made every year. The first time I spent Christmas Eve away from my family I kept up the tradition, but made it mine by introducing a new cookie recipe into the mix. This was that recipe, and I make it every year.”



  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 c + 2 tblspn powdered sugar
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2+ drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 c crushed candy cane


  • Whisk flour, cocoa & salt in medium bowl.
  • Beat sugar, butter in large bowl until well blended.
  • Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients, beat until blended.
  • Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 36 smooth balls & flatten on baking sheets to 2" round (edges will crack).
  • Bake at 350 until cookies no longer look wet & small indentation appears when touched, about 11 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • Make filling: Beat powdered sugar & butter in medium bowl. Add peppermint extract and food coloring. Add more food coloring if desired.
  • Spread generously over flat side of 1 cookie and top with a second.
  • Roll edges of cookie sandwiches in crushed candy cane.

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