I wish candy canes were in season all year… If there is anything better than warm, gooey, just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, it is warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies with melted candy cane in them. This recipe has a few fancy ingredients like turbinado sugar, vanilla salt, and white chocolate, so if you don’t have any of those, then at least make regular chocolate chip cookies with crushed peppermint in them and you will get 90% of the experience.
As promised previously, this recipe comes from 31 Delicious Things to Cook in December and once again did not disappoint. One of the cookies “broke,” so I had to sample it instead of sending it off as a gift. Another thing: vanilla salt* is amazing. The recipe didn’t call for chocolate drizzle, but I had some left over from truffles, so I used it as well. If you want to put a holiday spin on your regular chocolate chip cookies, this is how to do it. I will probably be making these again before the holidays are over…
*I did not have vanilla salt, so I mixed coarse sea salt crystals with vanilla bean paste and sprinkled it on the cookies. If you have a vanilla bean, you can also mix it with salt crystals. Vanilla extract could work as well, but might be a little too much liquid.
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Vanilla Salt, recipe found here
½ cup butter, room temperature
2 tbs granulated sugar
2 tbs turbinado sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 tbs crushed peppermint candies/candy canes (obviously I added in extra)
Vanilla salt, for sprinkling
- Cream butter and sugars together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Scrape down sides of the bowl and add in vanilla and egg. Mix well.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
- Slowly add flour mixture to butter and sugars with mixer on low. When just mixed, add in white chocolate chips and peppermint. Finish mixing by hand.
- Refrigerate the dough for a few hours (recipe recommends 24, but I only did it for about 3 and it turned out just fine).
- Preheat oven to 360F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop dough onto trays. Sprinkle with vanilla salt.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.
- Optional: drizzle with dark chocolate.