Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

These Candy Cane Cookies are a shortbread type of cookie that is ridiculously delicate and crumbly. Packed with crushed candy canes and mint chocolate chips, they will surely entertain you during the holiday season. And Santa will love them too (I asked)!

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Candy Cane Cookies

Hello everyone – I hope this week has been treating you well so far. I am fine too, thanks for asking. But since I’m having another busy week (Nothing fancy – work-related), I am going to keep it short and sweet once again. Well, literally sweet this time.

As you probably noticed, I really have been into savoury festive ideas this season. Indeed, I posted 16 recipes with only four of them being desserts. You can check them out below:

Holiday Season Desserts

Gingerbread Crêpes

Crêpes with Cranberry Wine Sauce

Orange Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Cointreau Truffles

So while I still have a few savoury recipes up my sleeve, I am going to sneak another sweet recipe today. It’s only ten days till Christmas, so I thought we need to do some baking, too. You know, we don’t want to upset Santa by not leaving a few tasty cookies, right? And these Candy Cane Cookies will not disappoint him for sure! (Yes, I did check it. Twice.)

Candy Cane Cookies

These Candy Cane Cookies are incredibly easy to make, but they look and taste utterly festive! These are buttery, rich, and crumbly shortbread-like cookies that melt-in-the-mouth. As we prefer less sweet cookies, the dough is only subtly sweet. The main sweetness comes from the mint chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. The candy canes melt and ooze out a bit creating little crunchy pieces. The combination of tender and soft cookie with a caramelization is terrify! (But also keep an eye on them while baking as the bottom of cookies might start browning fast.)

And if you prefer a less pronounced mint flavour, you can definitely use chopped white chocolate or chips in place of mint chocolate chips. That will be so luscious, too!

I hope you like these Candy Cane Cookies, and you will give them a try shortly. If you make them, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share your photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Candy Cane Cookies
Candy Cane Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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These Candy Cane Cookies are a shortbread type of cookie that is ridiculously delicate and crumbly. Packed with crushed candy canes and mint chocolate chips, they will surely entertain you during the holiday season.


  • 1 cup (220 gr.) butter, softened

  • 1-2 tbsp. icing sugar

  • 1/2 to 2/3 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 to 1 vanilla bean, seeds extracted (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)

  • 2 cups (~250 gr.) of all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup corn starch (or substitute more flour)

  • ~1/2 cup crushed candy cane

  • ~2/3 cup mint chocolate chips


  • In a bowl, using a mixer, cream the butter, icing sugar, vanilla seeds (or extract) and salt on medium speed, 1 minute or so.
  • Stir in the flour and corn starch and mix with a spoon or spatula until the mixture starts to remain dough. The dough might be quite sticky, so you could just with a little of extra flour.
  • Stir in the candy cane and chocolate chips until just combine. Don’t overmix. Chill the dough for ~ 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (~175 degrees C).
  • Roll the dough out with a rolling-pin. Cut cookies using cookie cutters of your choice. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet(s).
  • Bake for about 12-14 minutes (depending on size) or until edges are lightly golden but the cookies are still quite pale. Keep an eye on the bottoms as the oozed out candy cane could result in browning too fast. If you prefer delicate and soft cookies, bake them just for 12 minutes or even less depending on your own. If you prefer them crisp and more browned, bake them for extra 2 minutes or so. Either way, they will be delicious! Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Candy Cane Cookies

  1. bread&salt says:

    I havent tried mint and chocolate flouvers together before but this recipe looks amazing. I am sure it must be delicious. Many thanks for the recipe. Happy December. Greetings.

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I do enjoy a good tender and soft cookie, so I’m pretty sure these would disappear in our house. I love that you used red and green candy canes for these cookies, too – very festive, Ben! Also, I’m glad Santa gave these his stamp of approval! :-)
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