December 1st.  The most wonderful time of the year!  I just feel giddy and joyful this time of year for no reason in particular other than the promise of time with family and friends and some of my favorite yearly traditions drawing near.  I plan to share as many sweet treats with you from now until Christmas day as possible!

I am beginning this festive month with some cookies that Santa himself would be excited to eat.  These Candy Cane Cookies with Chocolate Mint Centers would be the perfect addition to any holiday cookie platter and they would also ship well if you are looking to send some Christmas cheer to family or friends who you cannot be with this holiday season.  I love the idea of homemade gifts and you know that if you give gifts that are edible, you will not need to worry whether or not the person needs the gift or will use the gift.  You know that if you send something yummy and adorable, it will get eaten and will be appreciated.

Candy Cane Cookies with Mint Chocolate Centers

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

Soft, buttery cookies filled with crushed candy canes and topped with chocolate mint candies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes (about 4, regular-sized candy canes)
  • 30 Junior Mint Candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  5. Add flour in a few increments and mix to combine.
  6. Add crushed candy canes and mix.
  7. Prepare egg white in one small bowl and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in another small bowl.
  8. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and dip in egg white, then roll in sugar. Use your index finger to create a small indentation in the top of each cookie. Repeat for remaining dough.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges feel set.
  10. Remove from oven and immediately place a Junior Mint candy into the indentation you made. Return to oven for 1 more minute.
  11. Recipe adapted from Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites

These cookies come from the cookbook Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites by Sara Wells and Kate Jones.

I love this book.  It is broken up into the four seasons of the year and not only provides recipes from breakfast to snacks, but it also provides small food craft projects like making Thanksgiving Turkeys with candy and cookies or Penguin Cupcakes.  It provides great colorful images with all of the recipes and for some techniques such as how to make swirled, multicolored frosting to top a cupcake.

I love tutorials with step-by-step photos so that you can be sure you are doing something right along every step of the way.  There are fun and festive drink recipes such as for Apple Cider Floats and S’mores Hot Chocolate.  The main reason this book gets an “A+” from me in all ratings is that it provides at least one huge, glossy photograph of every recipe.

I love to see a finished product so I have something to aim for as I cook or bake.  Also, while there is a great variety of recipes, they all call for ingredients that you would most likely already have in the house.  No need to order online or seek out a specialty food store, you can whip up these impressive, yet humble recipes in no time.

 

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11 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I love baking cookies this time of year, these look so scrumptious!

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  2. Luv What You Do
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    This is the perfect recipe for the first day of December. It definitely boots me in a cheerful mood. I was just checking out cookbooks on Amazon (it’s a slight obsession). I will have to look into this one!

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 02, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I am always happy when my recipes can cheer up someone’s day! You are not the only one with a cookbook obsession! 🙂

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  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    These are so perfect for the holidays. I love the little dot of chocolate in the middle!

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  4. K. D.
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    I don’t see in the instructions above how and when to add the 1 egg and vanilla.

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    • Mercedes
      Dec 02, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

      You are so right! I have corrected the error and thank you for drawing my attention to it!

      Reply

  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Junior Mints are so good! Thanks for reminding me…

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  6. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    These sound so good! I love that the chocolate center is chocolate AND mint! I made sugar cookies to decorate with my little cousins over the weekend – we had a lot of fun. 🙂

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  7. Eric
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Thanks for posting this! This is an old family Christmas recipe and somehow I’ve never been able to make it correctly. Your instructions helped me realize what I was doing wrong based on the recipe I had been handed down. Thanks so much!

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 07, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

      I am so glad that I could help you make your family recipe correctly Eric! Thank you for your comment!

      Reply

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