Donal Skehan's Candy Cane Cookies
Father Christmas will be sure to leave something nice under the tree after a plate of these delicious cookies.
Candy Cane Cookies
These are decadently rich, chocolatey cookies inspired by Australian cook Donna Hay. They have a distinct hint of festive peppermint from the candy cane pieces. Leave out with a glass of cold milk on Christmas Eve and Santa will be one happy man!
Makes 12-15 cookies
You will need
125g butter, softened and chopped
150g light brown sugar
1 large free range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour, sifted
2 tbsp cocoa, sifted
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g dark chocolate, melted
250g dark chocolate chips
120g candy canes, chopped
Preheat oven to 180˚C. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
Add the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and melted chocolate and beat until just combined. Fold through the extra chocolate chips. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into rounds.
Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, allowing room for the cookies to spread, and flatten slightly. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are firm. Take them out of the oven and press chunks of candy cane onto the cookies. Do this while they are still warm and the candy canes should stick nicely.
Allow the cookies to cool on the trays.
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