Sunday, January 5, 2014

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Christmas has come and gone, so has New you're exhausted and maybe a little blue that the holidays are over. Well, if you have leftover candy canes, which I am almost certain you do, then these cookies should help you be a little less blue. They're crunchy and minty, just festive enough to round out this holiday season! 

These cookies are a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but with the added bonus of crushed candy canes. To crush the candy canes, I unwrapped them, and then place them in a zip top baggie, wrapped the baggie with a dish towel and pounded them with a rolling pin! Did I mention these cookies also help reduce holiday stress? Well...maybe they do.

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup chocolate chips
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 candy canes, crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes on medium. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to creamed butter and sugar, mixing until combined. Scrape down mixing bowl as needed. On low and in 2 or 3 additions, add in the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in crushed candy canes.
  4. Bake 11-12 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cookies cool about 5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.
Recipe by and for Doughvelopment

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