Vertical close up picture of chocolate chip candy cane cookies on a red and white napkin
Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
9 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
9 hrs 30 mins
 
The easiest, most delicious, one-bowl chocolate chip cookie recipe; all dressed up in holiday attire!
Course: Dessert
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • 10 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup coarsely crushed candy canes divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl (about 2 quart size). Microwave on high power for 20-30 seconds or until butter is starting to melt and has become soft. Don’t let it melted completely as the dough will be runny and the cookies will not have a good texture. (see picture in post)
  3. Add sugars and mix with a wooded spoon or sturdy spatula until smooth and all brown sugar lumps are dissolved. Add vanilla and egg yolks, then stir again until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the top. Stir just until all flour mixture is incorporated and dough pulls away from sides of bowl. See “Tips” at the end of the post.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the crushed candy canes . Stir to combine. Reserve remaining chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
  6. Scoop up dough with a spoon or an ice cream scooper of your choice and place on prepared sheet pan. Leave 1 1/2-2 inches between each cookie. I used a 1 1/2 inch scooper. Press a few of the chocolate chips onto the top and sides of each dough scoop for a pretty look. (If you’re in a hurry, just add all the chips and into the dough.)
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown. As soon as cookies emerge from the oven, sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of the reserved crushed candy cane. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. Yield: --18-24
Recipe Notes

An ice cream scoop is perfect for making uniform size and shape cookies. I like the scoops with a trigger release. I have them in all different sizes for cookie making. They also work great for meatballs.
Don't let the butter completely melt. Start with cold butter right from the refrigerator. Give it 20-30 seconds in the microwave on high power. It should be soft and starting to melt like shown in the picture in the post. If you let the butter get completely melted, the cookie dough will be runny and the cookies will be flat and thin.
After the flour is completely incorporated, the dough should easily form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. If it's runny and doesn't form a ball, add a bit more flour. Check out the video to see the consistency you want.