Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

I love peppermint bark (who doesn't?). I love chocolate chip cookies (again, who doesn't?). Therefore, it's a given that I would also love chocolate chip candy cane cookies. I admit, I didn't think up this divine creation on my own. In one of my first real jobs after college, a co-worker brought these in for the holidays. After one bite I deemed her a cookie genius! She caved and easily turned over the very complicated recipe...

Wait for it.

Nestle Tollhouse Cookies with crushed candy canes stirred in.

Simple and brilliant. How did I not think of these before?

These are delicious, and I am certain Santa would like to have two or three of these with a nice glass of milk when he visits your house this Christmas.

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies
Adapted from Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 12 full size candy canes)

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter, sugars and vanilla. Add in eggs 1 at a time. Gradually add in dry ingredients until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper). Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden.

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