The Best Candy Cane Recipes For Holiday Baking

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Nothing symbolizes holiday sweet treats quite like the candy cane. Simple and delicious, the candy cane is one of the most versatile holiday candy items on the market. As soon as the grocery stores roll out the red-and-white-striped treats, you begin to hear the sound of eager, sweet-toothed children ready for their first peppermint treat of the season. Of course you can go the traditional route and hang them from the Christmas tree, but if you’re looking for a few red-and-white-striped recipes for your holiday season, try one of these fun ideas.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark is a holiday crowd-pleaser that is both delicious and easy to make. Try out this recipe when you’re hosting a holiday party, or wrap pieces up for homemade holiday gifts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 boxes candy canes

Directions:

  1. Unwrap candy canes and place them in a freezer bag. Close bag zipper and roll a heavy rolling pin over the candy until it is broken into small pieces.
  2. Use a double-broiler to melt semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  3. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the peppermint extract.
  4. Spread melted chocolate over a wax paper-covered cookie sheet.
  5. Repeat process with white chocolate.
  6. Cover white chocolate layer in crumbled candy cane pieces.
  7. Let chocolate set in refrigerator or freezer.
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Candy Cane Fudge

You can’t really go wrong with fudge, and if you have a taste for peppermint, this is the dessert for you.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 3 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 boxes candy canes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Cover an 8-inch baking pan with foil.
  2. Bring whipping cream and corn syrup to a boil.
  3. Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips until melted.
  6. Stir in candy canes, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  7. Refrigerate until firm.

Candy Cane Cream Cookies

Candy cane cream cookies are often found in stores during the holidays. Take the delicious, minty treat one step further with this at-home recipe.

Ingredients:

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

Cream filling:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons 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
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes

Directions:

  1. Whisk flour, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Beat together sugar and butter in a separate bowl.
  3. Beat in egg.
  4. Add dry ingredients, beat together.
  5. Let dough set in refrigerator 45-60 minutes.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Scoop tablespoon size dough balls onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes or until slightly crispy.
  9. Beat powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl.
  10. Add peppermint extract and two drops of food coloring.
  11. Spread two teaspoons of filling over each cookie.
  12. Top with another cookie.
  13. Place crushed candy canes on a plate.
  14. Roll edges of cookies onto crushed candy canes.

Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are irresistible. Add candy canes and you will be in pretzel paradise! Have the kids help with the candy cane crushing and the chocolate covering in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag pretzels
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 box candy canes

Directions:

  1. Unwrap candy canes and place them in a freezer bag. Close bag zipper and roll a heavy rolling pin over the candy until it is broken into small pieces.
  2. Melt chocolate in a double broiler.
  3. Dip each pretzel in chocolate and roll in crushed candy canes.
  4. Place finished pretzels on wax paper and let dry.

Candy Cane Cocoa

Delight your kids with a not-too-hot cup of holiday candy cane cocoa! For this recipe, have your kids help with the candy cane crushing and the cream whipping.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 square semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 peppermint candy canes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 small peppermint candy canes

Directions:

  1. Unwrap candy canes and place them in a freezer bag. Close bag zipper and roll a heavy rolling pin over the candy until it is broken into small pieces.
  2. Whip cream as directed.
  3. Heat milk in a saucepan.
  4. Whisk in the chocolate and peppermint candy canes.
  5. Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and mini candy canes.

Don’t let your holiday season go by without whipping up a few candy cane favorites. Take the time to enjoy the season with friends and family—especially the little ones!

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Chanti Burnette Chanti was a freelance writer for IdealHomeGarden.com.

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