Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Two delicious dark chocolate cookies with a luscious peppermint buttercream filling layered in between. These cookies are delicious and super fun to make with children. I handed out these cookies along with christmas sugar cookie cut outs, almond and pecan dark chocolate toffee, Oreo truffles, caramel corn, cranberry orange pecan bread, and lemon loaf to all of our neighbors, family, and friends. Happy holidays everyone! 🙂

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

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For the Cookies:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops (or more) red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup crushed red-and-white-striped candy canes or hard peppermint candies (about 4 ounces)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter until well blended, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Add dry ingredients mix on low speed until just blended. Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate dough 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a smooth ball. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 1 inch apart. Flatten the dough balls with the bottom of the glass. Bake until cookies no longer look wet and small indentation appears when tops of cookies are lightly touched with fingers, about 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes then transfer to racks and cool completely.
  3. To make the filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat powdered sugar and butter until well blended. Add peppermint extract and 2 drops food coloring. Beat until light pink and well blended. Spread or pipe filling evenly over flat side of 1 cookie to edges; top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing gently. Repeat with remaining cookies.
  4. Place crushed candy canes in a small shallow bowl. Roll edges of cookie sandwiches in crushed candy canes.

Source: adapted from Bon Appétit, December 2005

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10 Responses to Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

  1. KeepItSweet says:

    these look great – how can you turn down a cookie with pink buttercream?

  2. There is no bad in this cookie. Awesome recipe!

  3. Peggy says:

    Peppermint buttercream has definitely been my favorite “condiment” this season! These cookies sound absolutely delicious!

  4. My kids would love to help me make these cookies. They look wonderful!

  5. Linnie says:

    These look so good! I’m going to bring this recipe with me the next time I visit my grandchildren. They will love “helping” Grandma make these delightful cookies!

  6. Kim-Liv Life says:

    So festive. We discovered all sorts of ways to use candy canes this holiday, love this one as well!

  7. Liz says:

    just made these and they’re GREAT! thank you!

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