White Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookies

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Perfect with a cup of tea!

 

Last Friday IZ and I Baked. Yeah, that’s right, Baked with a capital B. We made 16 dozen cookies plus a dozen mini chocolate cakes for our church’s bazaar. The proceeds go to help mission projects locally, nationally, and internationally. With the landfall of Haiyan in the Philippines –it’s money much needed.

We wanted to make something festive — and to me, at least, a candy cane is the embodiment of holiday sweetness. They’re so charming in their red and white stripes.  I especially love the mini ones. I’ll confess, I tend to stash little pockets of them around the house: just so there is always one within reach when the mood strikes. You do that too, right? 

So, instead of the usual Salted Chocolate Chip cookies, let me introduce you to the White Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookie. (which, really needs a better name. Suggestions??)  These are built on the same recipe for our favorite chocolate chip cookies, but instead of dark chocolate, we substituted white chocolate and candy canes. It’s still a loaded cookie: make no doubt about it. But it’s festive and has just enough peppermint to melt your heart. 

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How cute is the plate? IZ made it for our family years ago! It says, “Our home for the holidays is a place of joy — Jack, Wendelynn, Georges, and you.”

Yummy! The only thing I’d do differently is I would top each cookie with just a touch of crushed candy cane — for visuals only. Otherwise, these are perfect. 

And, if you’re not a white chocolate person, they’re just as good with semi sweet chips. (I should know I made a batch of those as well!) 

The bazaar was a big success! And of course, we brought home a box of cookies. The women in my church know how to bake: I’m afraid that box is almost gone. I really need to remember to buy 2  boxes next year and pop one in the freezer for Christmas.

So, tell me… do you have a favorite holiday cookie? Please share your recipe in the comments. 

 

(recipe below the fold)

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White Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t Peppermint Schnapps (or peppermint flavoring)
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup crushed candy canes

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Crush candy canes and set aside. I place mine in a large zip lock bag and use my marble rolling pin. 
  3. Cream butter and sugars together. You’ll want to use a heavy duty stand mixer if you have it. Add egg and extract.
  4. Mix flour, salt ,and baking soda in a separate bowl: then gently add to butter sugar mix. 
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix. 
  6. Add candy canes
  7. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoons, scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving 3″ space between. 
  8. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 mins. Leave cookies on the tray to  finish cooking for a few minutes more. 

Enjoy!! 

 

2 Responses to White Chocolate Chip and Candy Cane Cookies

  • Margaret says:

    I’m not a white chocolate fan(not chocolatey enough for me!) but these do look festive. I love the traditional frosted sugar cookie. (I use the Betty Crocker recipe which calls for a tsp of vanilla and a 1/2 teaspoon of almond flavoring) That hint of almond really makes a difference!

    • Wende says:

      I love this recipe with semi-sweet! And we use almond extract in Spritz cookies: it does make a difference, doesn’t it.

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