Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Total Time
1hr 31mins
Prep 1 hr 20 mins
Cook 11 mins

Pink peppermint filling is sandwiched between homemade chocolate cookies then the sides are rolled in crushed candy canes. Prep included 1 hr chill time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 34 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 34 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • Filling

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 34 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 34 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 12 cup crushed red-and-white-striped candy canes (about 4 ounces) or 12 cup crushed hard peppermint candy (about 4 ounces)


  1. For cookies:.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients; beat until blended.
  3. Refrigerate dough 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out dough by level tablespoonfuls, then roll into smooth balls. Place balls on prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  5. Using bottom of glass or hands, flatten each ball to 2-inch round (edges will crack). Bake until cookies no longer look wet and small indentation appears when tops of cookies are lightly touched with fingers, about 11 minutes (do not overbake or cookies will become too crisp).
  6. Cool on sheet 5 minutes. Transfer chocolate cookies to racks and cool completely.
  7. For filling:
  8. Using electric mixer, beat powdered sugar and butter in medium bowl until well blended.
  9. Add peppermint extract and 2 drops food coloring. Beat until light pink and well blended, adding more food coloring by dropfuls if darker pink color is desired. Spread some filling evenly over flat side of 1 cookie to edges; top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing gently to adhere.
  10. Repeat with remaining cookies and peppermint filling.
  11. Place crushed candy canes on plate. Roll edges of cookie sandwiches in crushed candies (candies will adhere to filling).
  12. (Cookie sandwiches can be made ahead. Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.).


Most Helpful

Really long process to make. Cookie is bland and hard. Not crispy, but hard, and I followed recipe exactly. The filling just tastes like you're eating grease. My 4 year old didn't even like them! Will not be making these cookies again.

Beckyann31 June 01, 2012

For the amount of work involved, I would honestly say that these were just "ok." I didn't care much for the flavor of the chocolate cookies. The frosting tasted too much like butter. The candy cane pieces were very difficult to get to stick because there simply was not enough frosting coming out of the sides...however, I'm glad there wasn't enough because as I said I didn't like the frosting much. Sorry...looked like it would be much better than it was.

ChipotleChick December 16, 2007

EXCELLENT for the holidays - thanks so much!

greyghost December 09, 2007

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