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Candy Cane Cookies

These crushed candy cane cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie plate! You'll love that they have double chocolate, both semi-sweet and white chocolate, and candy cane chunks.

It's that time of year again! The snow is falling, houses are adorned with sparkling trees, and Santa Claus is making his rounds.

These crushed candy cane cookies epitomize the festive holiday spirit and are perfect for any family holiday gathering or cookie exchange event.

In addition to being delicious, they also make great gifts when wrapped up nicely in cellophane bags tied with ribbon or twine.

This recipe is dedicated to Merry Christmases.

Candy cane cookies with candy canes and chocolate chips spread around them.
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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 --> This is a large batch cookie recipe. I like to make large batches and then freeze my dough for fresh-baked goodness later, you can see my directions below, or if you want to do a smaller batch, simply halve the ingredients.

No. 2 --> When measuring your flour, use the "scoop + level" method. Stir the flour in your flour bag or container vigorously, then spoon from the bag into a measuring cup, scrape the top of your measuring cup with the back of a knife or something flat. This will ensure you're not packing the flour into the cup.

No. 3 --> For an irresistible looking crushed candy cane cookie, reserve some of the candy cane pieces and press them into the top of your cookie dough balls before baking. That's how the ones photographed in this post were made, but they are just as tasty without the extra step!

Crushed candy cane cookies with a bite missing.

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Key Ingredients:

This truly is a Christmas cookie. Don't look at the ingredient list or the nutrition info. Just make them, eat them and be merry <3

Crushed Candy Canes: Candy canes do some major heavy lifting in this recipe! They add a great crunch while also giving the perfect amount of Christmasy peppermint flavor.

Chocolate Chips: This recipe uses both semi sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. When purchasing your chips, ensure that you're grabbing white chocolate chips vs white baking chips - white chocolate is smooth and creamy while baking chips can be snappy.

Ingredients for crushed candy cane cookies.

How To Crush Candy Canes:

There may be an easy way to crush candy canes with a heavy rolling pin, which is a totally awesome option, but I wanted to do candy cane chunks!

Leave the candy canes in their wrappers, as it can get pretty sticky, then break them into approximately 1/4 - 1/3" sections. Unwrap the candy canes, and pour the chunks and the crushed remainders into a measuring cup. I find it takes between 14 and 16 full sized candy canes to yield 1 cup.

How To Make Crushed Candy Cane Cookies

Make the cookie dough:

  1. Preheat oven to 375f, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Meanwhile, crush all the candy canes.
  3. Combine 1 1/3 cup melted butter and 4 cups brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat together until smooth.
  4. Add in 4 large eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition. Then add 4 tablespoons of hot water and beat well.
  5. Combine 5 cups of all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined.
  7. Add in 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup white chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed.
  8. Add in 1 cup broken candy cane pieces and fold in by hand.

Scoop + Bake:

  1. Once the candy canes have been folded in, scoop the cookie balls onto prepared baking sheet using a cookie dough scooper. I use the 40mm size.
  2. Bake at 375f for 8-10 minutes, or until the tops edges are golden brown. Under bake slightly for a chewier cookie.
  3. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 or so minutes before transferring to a wire mesh cooling rack.

Batch + Storage

Batch:

This is a LARGE cookie recipe. It's perfect for the season where your heart and home are full!

This recipe makes about ~84 cookies using a size 40 cookie scoop.

Feel free to halve this recipe if desired, but check out the section below regarding freezing the dough, it's an awesome option for these cookies!

Storage:

These crushed candy cane cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days in an air-tight container, they can also be frozen for up to 3 months. See the make ahead section below for freezing directions.

Crushed candy cane cookies with a glass of milk.

Make Ahead?

Wondering if you can make these cookies ahead? If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I'm 100% here for "make the mess once and eat 10 times"!

You can definitely make these candy cane cookies in advance! Here are your 2 options, and both make sense depending on which situation you're in!

Option 1: Freeze the dough

Start by making the cookie dough. Sample it to see how delicious. Sample it again, just to be sure.

Then using your cookie scoop, scoop all your dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, no need to space them too much. Place the cookies sheet(s) in the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer the frozen balls to a freezer-friendly container. I usually use ziplock style freezer bags to store my cookie balls - they store easily and are easy to get to when you've got a late night cookie craving!

When ready to bake, remove the cookie balls from the freezer, and place them on a baking sheet to thaw while the oven preheats. Bake per the recipe!

Cookie dough balls prepared for freezing.

Option 2: Freeze the Cookies

Bake the cookies as per the recipe, transfer to a wire rack to completely cool. Then place the cookies on a cookie sheet, and place in the freezer until completely frozen, then transfer to a freezer-friendly container.

When ready to serve, remove the cookies from the freezer, and allow to thaw for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Crushed candy cane cookies with a glass of milk.

STAND MIXER - I love my Kitchen-aid stand mixer - it gets a major workout, and never stops performing!

PARCHMENT PAPER - I find parchment paper to be a better solution than silicone mats for most cookies, and as an added bonus, you can wipe the crumbs off, fold it up and use it again next time you bake cookies!

📖 Printable Recipe

Crushed candy cane cookies.
Yield: ~84

Crushed Candy Cane Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Have a happy holiday with these incredible double chocolate crushed candy cane cookies. These cookies are built on a solid chocolate chip cookie base, and feature chocolate chunks, which chocolate, and chunks of sweet, minty candy canes!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups melted unsalted butter
  • 4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes (approximately 14 full sized candy canes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375f and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Leave the candy canes in the wrapper and using your hands, break them into 1/4 - 1/3" chunks. Unwrap, then pour the contents into a measuring cup until you hit 1 cup, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat 1 1/3 cup melted butter and 4 cups brown sugar together until smooth. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating in between. Add 4 tablespoons hot water, and mix well.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk 5 cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1.2 teaspoon salt, then slowly add to the wet ingredients. Mix on low speed until completely combined.
  5. Add 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup white chocolate chips to the bowl and mix on low until evenly distributed. Fold in the candy cane pieces by hand.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375f for 8-10 minutes - until the bottoms and edges are golden brown. Under bake slightly for a chewier cookie.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire mesh cooling rack - this will allow the melted candy cane to harden a bit and be easier to remove.

Notes

How To Crush Candy Canes:

Leave the candy canes in their wrappers, as it can get pretty sticky, then break them into approximately 1/4 - 1/3" sections. Unwrap the candy canes, and pour the chunks and the crushed remainders into a measuring cup. I find it takes between 14 and 16 full sized candy canes to yield 1 cup.

Make Ahead Directions:

Freeze the dough

Follow the recipe up to step 6. At this point, scoop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet - no need to space them. Once you're done scooping, place your cookie sheet(s) in the freezer until frozen completely. After the cookie dough balls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag until ready to bake.

When ready to bake, remove the frozen cookie balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet while the oven preheats to 375f. Bake at 375f for 8-10 minutes, until the edges and the bottoms are golden brown.

Freeze the cookies

Bake the cookies as per the recipe then transfer baked cookies to a wire rack to completely cool. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet, and place in the freezer until completely frozen, then transfer to a freezer-friendly container. When ready to serve, remove the cookies from the freezer, and allow to thaw for 10 -15 minutes before serving.

Batch:

This is a LARGE cookie recipe. It's perfect for the season where your heart and home are full!

This recipe makes about ~84 cookies using a size 40 cookie scoop.

Storage:

These crushed candy cane cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days in an air-tight container, they can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

80

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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