Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies image Author: Canadian Living Credits: Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies image

A festive box filled with these soft, chocolaty candy cane cookies makes a great gift for the host during the holiday season. For a polished look, be sure to let the icing outlines dry completely before filling in the stripes.

  • Portion size 30 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2014


  • 1 Creamy Chocolate Cookie Dough
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 1/3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • red paste food colouring


Roll dough by 1 tbsp into balls. Using fingers, roll each to form 6-inch (15 cm) long ropes; curve 1 end of each rope to form crook of candy cane.

Arrange, 2 inches (5 cm) apart, on parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 350 F (180 C) oven until no longer shiny, about 6 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes; transfer directly to racks to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat meringue powder with 1/4 cup water until foamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in icing sugar until stiff and glossy, about 9 minutes; beat in peppermint extract. Spoon half of the icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; cover remaining icing with damp towel and set aside. Pipe thick outline of icing along edges of cookies; pipe thick outlines of stripes on surface of each. Let stand until dry, about 20 minutes.

To remaining icing, gradually add water, 1/2 tsp at a time, until mixture is consistency of molasses. Divide icing among 2 bowls; using food colouring, tint icing in 1 bowl red.

Alternating between white and red icing, pipe or spoon icing into borders of stripes; using toothpick or skewer, spread to piped edges, popping any air bubbles. Let stand until dry, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 3 days.)

Nutritional facts per cookie: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 48 mg
  • Sugars 8 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 86.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 13 g


  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies