Living in the land of Starbucks often brings you to one. Last year they were having a holiday open house and I happened to stop by that day. They were giving out free drinks and free cookies. I fell in love with these little peppermint cookies they had and immediately went home and tried to replicate it. The peppermint definitely came from candy canes, so that is what I used….in both the cookie and the powdered sugar “icing”. The best part is smashing the heck out of the candy canes…gets rid of any aggravation you might have. They aren’t exact, but they are close enough for me. I will be bringing these to my cookie exchange because they say Christmas to me. Although almost anything candy cane, egg nog or gingerbread says Christmas to me. 🙂
Candy Cane Meltaways
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup peppermint crunch chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup crushed candy canes
Preheat oven to 325F.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together, about 3 minutes.
Add flour, salt and candy canes. Mix well.
Roll into balls about the size of a walnut.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Bake about 20 minutes, but do NOT brown.
Mix powdered sugar and 1/4 candy canes together.
Roll cookies into powdered sugar mixture when slightly cool.
Make 3 dozen.
Best when accompanied by peppermint hot chocolate!!!!
They look great! I love pepperminty things and have a ton of candy canes.
I too love smashing candy canes! Wish I was in your cookie exchange, short of that I might have to make my own.
Damn you..it’s 10:30 and I so want something sweet!
I LOVE meltaways and the addition of candy canes would be so yummy.
It’s never good to come by your blog late in the evening…I am craving a few right now…they would be so good with my tea! I am glad there is no Starbucks where I usually gravitate because I don’t think I could resist their creamy drinks or tempting treats.
These photos make me drool. Okay, one problem, they don’t sell candy canes here in Switzerland. What could I use in place of ???
I’m a Starbucks fan myself.. it’s their mocha valencias that do it for me. But I do like peppermint as well and anything that has mint and is called “melt away” is something I will love instantly!
Looks like a great variation on the usually Mexican wedding cakes my mother use to make.
I love that you just went home and decided to recreate them yourself. I wonder what they’d be like with cherry candy canes?
Ari (Baking and Books) says
I’ve never had cookies like this but I bet the peppermint really ‘pops’ in your mouth. That plus the confectionary sugar sounds like something that would be hard to resist!
Sooo delicious – and creative. I love anything candy-cane related for the holidays, so I may have to try this one. As usual, great photos too!
You’re so creative! And I admire your ingenuity! I bet these were amazing!
I cannot wait to taste these cookies!! My husband and I tried to replicate these cookies this weekend, but it was a disaster. They flattened out on the cookie sheet and the candy canes stuck to the sheet. Any advice? We would love to try again!! Thanks again for all of the inspiration!!
Holly's Friend Cheryl says
I made the meltaways. So easy it was ridiculous. And very yummy. I added peppermint extract instead of vanilla and also added red sanding sugar to the powdered sugar when I coated them. I served these at an open house for a friend and to my kids and hubby, loved by all.
I was really excited to make these cookies for cookie platters that I’m making for Christmas – and when I did make them I was thoroughly dissapointed when they were finished. The cookies went from being too doughy to take out of the oven, to burned, there was no in between-“perfect” stage. They were hard as rocks which doesn’t qualify them to be “meltaways”. I pride myself in my baking and could not figure out what went wrong or what to fix.
They looked great. But when I baked they came out very very flat. Also should I use a greased or ungreased cookie sheet. Please help!
Kate D. says
I really love this idea and hope I remember to make them for Christmas this year. Is it too early to be planning the Christmas cookie menu? Thanks!
Alicia Skoug says
I tried this recipe too, and it didn’t work. They flattened and burned. There must be too much butter in this recipe
kat morgan says
Made these and they spread out and flattened. At 16the min, edges started to carmelize.
Add more flour next time
Just made these cookies. The first batch I baked at 325 for 15 mins and they started to flatten and then got hard. Second batch I turned down oven to a little under 300 and baked for 10-12 mins and the cookies came out great!
Needs more butter, parchment paper…otherwise they stick and burn…added 2 tablespoons of butter
I was excited fr a new version of my old snowballs or Russian Tea Balls. However, I am embarrassed to include these in my gifts for neighbors. Very doughy. Think this is too much flour. Not good, sorry.
This sounded so good. I have them in the oven and they look horrible! They are flattening out and are not cooked enough at all. Again, I bake like mad but this recipe needs to go back to the drawing board!