White Chocolate Candy Cane
December 26: National Candy Cane Day
Although Christmas day is now over, bring the holiday baking season to a gradual close by using up any leftover candy canes that are still lingering around the house. Crush and use them in white chocolate candy cane drops. These cute cookies with a hint of mint are sweet and symbolic of the greatest gift we have received on Christmas day—Baby Jesus. Below is a popular poem about candy canes (unknown author) relating to Christ:
Look at the candy cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus
My Lord, that’s for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for me!
The printed poem is usually attached to candy canes when given out to spread the gospel during this holy season. But it can also be included when packaging these cookies.
Make white chocolate candy cane drops before or after Christmas, especially on National Candy Cane Day, and “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 34:8).
(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
- ½ cup candy canes, crushed
- 2 ounces (2 squares) white chocolate (we used Baker’s brand)
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking power
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/3 cup flour
- ½ cup white chocolate chips (we used Nestle brand)
Crush the candy canes by rolling over unwrapped pieces in a plastic zip top bag. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and salt.
Add the baking powder and egg. Stir in the vanilla. Mix in the melted white chocolate and blend until smooth.
Gradually add the flour. Fold in the white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Roll into 1 ½ inch balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet about two-inches apart.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, being careful not to burn the underside of the cookies. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: Approximately 3 ½ dozen cookies.
- Avoid over-stirring the crushed candy canes or the cookie dough will turn pink.
- Reserve a few pieces of crushed candy cane and press on top of the balls of cookie dough before baking to add texture and color, if desired.
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