Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

I’m really excited to have one of my favorite bloggers posting here today. Am I beginning to sound like a broken record? I can’t help it- it’s true! Christi blogs at Love From The Oven and she is just the greatest. It is impossible to click through her blog and not find something (many things!) that makes you smile. Christi and I started blogging right around the same time so we have been enjoying this ride together. My son would happily trade me in for the hipper, cooler Christi. Every time I’m on her site he BEGS me, “Mom, can we please make that!” I am not even kidding you. Just keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

Hi! This is Christi from Love From The Oven. Katrina was so kind to invite me to come share some holiday cookies with you. I decided to go with a cookie recipe that combines some of my very favorite flavors… dark chocolate, more chocolate and peppermint. Yum!

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Here’s what you will need…

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder (regular cocoa powder is fine as well)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (or chopped up peppermint bark)
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Crushed Candy Cane Sugar (recipe at bottom, but you can skip this part and your cookies will still be delish!)

This recipe works great with just the above ingredients, but If you want to “stuff” your cookies then you will also need some peppermint bark. You can make this yourself or you could use Dove Promises Peppermint Bark or Candy Cane Kisses or any other peppermint chocolate candy you may have on hand. I put my Dove Promises into the freezer before adding them to my cookies, taking them out when I’m ready to stuff the cookies. The freezing helps to keep them from completely melting when baking.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended. I LOVE the Hershey’s Dark Cocoa Powder, but it can be hard to find. Regular cocoa powder works just fine in this recipe.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Add the flour, crushed candy canes, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Fold in the chocolate chips and peppermint chips with a spatula. The dough is very thick. So thick that at the end you may have to knead it almost as you would bread to incorporate everything.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Now it’s time to make your “stuffed” cookies. I scooped out two balls of dough with my cookie scoop and then put together my minty chocolatey cookie sandwich if you will.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchenPeppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Completely cover your peppermint bark by working the top and bottom pieces of dough together.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

If you stuff all of your cookies, you will probably get about 12 stuffed cookies. Bake for approx 12-16 minutes for stuffed cookies, and 8-12 for regular cookies. These cookies are delicious when slightly underdone and still warm, but if you are packing them up for holiday cookie trays you might want to go with the slightly longer baking time to make them easier to handle. Let cool on baking sheet for approx 5-10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

Deliciousness! Crushed Candy Cane Sugar I don’t know that there is any specific way to crush candy canes, but I will share how I do it. I put a few candy canes into a large freezer bag, then get out the rolling pin and give it quite a few good smacks…

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

After I am done, I like to sift my crushed candy canes, letting me separate out the “chunks” and the “sugar”…

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies via Love From The Oven on @KatrinasKitchen

You really can add either to your recipes, but I prefer the sugar as I’m not a fan of getting an unexpected hard piece of candy cane. I hope you enjoy these yummy cookies! If you love the combo of chocolate and peppermint, you might want to check out my Candy Cane Cookie Crunch Brownies as well! Thank you so much to Katrina for having me and I hope you all have a very sweet holiday!

Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

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Yield: 12 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12-16 minutes

Total Time: 36 minutes

Double chocolate cookies stuffed with peppermint bark

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder (regular cocoa powder is fine as well)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips (or chopped up peppermint bark)
  • Dove Promises Peppermint Bark or Candy Cane Kisses or any other peppermint chocolate candy you may have on hand
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Crushed Candy Cane

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended. I LOVE the Hershey's Dark Cocoa Powder, but it can be hard to find. Regular cocoa powder works just fine in this recipe.
  3. Add the flour, crushed candy canes, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and peppermint chips with a spatula. The dough is very thick. So thick that at the end you may have to knead it almost as you would bread to incorporate everything.
  5. Now it's time to make your "stuffed" cookies. I scooped out two balls of dough with my cookie scoop and then put together my minty chocolatey cookie sandwich if you will.
  6. Completely cover your peppermint bark by working the top and bottom pieces of dough together.
  7. If you stuff all of your cookies, you will probably get about 12 stuffed cookies. Bake for approx 12-16 minutes for stuffed cookies, and 8-12 for regular cookies. These cookies are delicious when slightly underdone and still warm, but if you are packing them up for holiday cookie trays you might want to go with the slightly longer baking time to make them easier to handle. Let cool on baking sheet for approx 5-10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

PhotobucketClick image to see all of the cookies shared.

Thank you to Christi for bringing the cookies today! If you are looking for free holiday printables she should check out her 12 Days of Holiday Baking. She has printables, recipes, CRAZY giveaways, and blogger spotlights. {Check out Day 3 *wink*} You’ll never leave her blog without a great idea. Oreo BrowniesStuffed Rice Crispy Treats, and PEEPS Galore!

- Katrina
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12 Responses to “Peppermint Bark Stuffed Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies”

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful! Love these :)

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    Blog New Blacxk — December 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Ummm…. yes please! These look awesome, great guest post!
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    Belinda @zomppa — December 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    This would make any holiday complete – mmm, looking for cookie recipes now and this is definitely a contender!
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    Loveforfood — December 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    i want to go on diet.. but looking at your food.. i better not.. it looks awesome.. i want to have 1 jug..

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    Megan @ Pip and Ebby — December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is MY kinda cookie! YUMYUMYUM!!!!
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    Not Rachael Ray — December 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Oh YUM! I need one of these asap.
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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Omggggg, I wait all year for those Dove candies! Why haven't I thought to put them in cookies?!
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    chipchiphooray — December 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Peppermint bark INSIDE of already delicious cookies?! Can such beauty be allowed??

    Looks yummy. :)
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    Elizabeth — December 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Ooohh, these look delicious!

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    Maria — December 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Love these! Stuffed cookies are always fun!
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    Erin @ Dinners, Dish — December 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I love all things peppermint – this look amazing!
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    Becky — December 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    These stuffed cookies are amazing. I especially like the dark chocolate with the peppermint, two layers of cookies with peppermint in between.

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