Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

My weekly 2011 updates continue with: baking!

This Christmas season, I wanted to make a contribution moderately more interesting than my usual iTunes gift card stocking stuffers. With that in mind, I decided to invent my own recipe, because I figure everyone’s gotta have their own recipe at some point. After many batches of tinkering, I ended up with this, a recipe for chocolate chip candy cane cookies!

Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies
(inspired by Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies)

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 shakes cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
14 mini candy canes

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Crush candy canes to desired consistency, then stir in with chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased baking sheets.

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Let me know what you think of them! Everyone I surveyed thought they were pretty darn delicious, and also a good use for otherwise useless candy canes. Here’s the finished product!

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