Chocolate Candy Cane Christmas Cookies

Happy belated National Cookie Day to you all! In lieu of this important holiday & the remainder of this holiday season, today I will be sharing a cookie recipe that I pieced together this past weekend.

Right before making them, I realized we didn't have any eggs, so after doing some research, I decided to try applesauce. I know it sounds kinda weird, but I could not be more pleased with the results. These Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies ended up being a huge hit amongst my siblings & are a definite must-try for the holidays! 

Ingredients--Yields aprox. 3 dozen

  • 1 c butter, softened

  • 2 c sugar (plus about 1/4 c for rolling)

  • 2 eggs (you can substitute for 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

  • 3/4 c cocoa

  • 3 c flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 c white chocolate (melts or chips work)

  • milk or heavy cream

  • crushed candy cane

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350*F. Then, cream your butter & sugar.

  2. Add in eggs, vanilla extract, & peppermint extract. Like I said, I didn't have any eggs at the house, so I substituted each egg for 1/4 c of unsweetened applesauce (1/2 c for 2 eggs) and it worked perfectly! Blend well until light and fluffy.

  3. Add in cocoa. Mix until fulling combined. Then, add in flour, baking soda, & salt. Mix until fully combined. Your dough should be relatively thick & should not be too sticky. If it sticks to your fingers, add more flour (1/4 c at a time) as needed.

  4. Scoop your dough out into a teaspoon-sized ball & roll it in sugar.

  5. Place each dough ball 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet that is greased, lined with parchment paper, or lined with a silicone baking mat.

  6. Bake for 15 min & allow to cool on the cookie sheet.

  7. While cooling, put your white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl & heat for 30 sec.

  8. Add cream, stir, and heat it for 30 sec. Continue to stir & heat in 30 sec intervals until your chocolate is completely melted.

  9. When your chocolate is melted, take each cookie & dip it halfway into the melted chocolate. Set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  10. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate covered halves.

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