By Kacey Joanette

What screams Christmas and the holidays? Cookies! And what’s better than a cookie paired with the classic flavour of peppermint?

These crushed candy cane chocolate chip cookies were inspired by the candy canes that we used to hang on our Christmas tree as kids. We loved putting them up, but only my sister enjoyed eating them. Now my daughter is at the age where Christmas is a big thing, and she loves hanging candy canes. To help her overcome her fear of Santa, I had her help me bake him some cookies using crushed candy canes. There were enough cookies that we could indulge ourselves while also saving some for that special someone.

Making these cookies is a great tradition I plan to keep up with my daughter, and I am sure Santa will be very appreciative!

Crushed Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies, Courtesy of Kacey Joanette, thecookiewriter.com, Bowmanville, Ont.

These classic cookies with a holiday-inspired twist will be welcome on any Christmas cookie tray.

CrushedCandyCaneCookies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 10 minutes
Yield: 24-30 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2-1 tsp (2-5 mL) peppermint extract, to taste
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) milk chocolate chips
1 Tbsp (15 mL) crushed candy cane

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and peppermint extract; mix well.
3. In small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and crushed candy cane.
4. Roll dough into balls, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time. Place balls on prepared baking sheet, flattening slightly.
5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden around edges. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

The Cookie Writer
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