Monday, January 7, 2008

Chocolate Candy Cane Bark Cookies


These were my favourite goodie I baked this Christmas. Inspired by Heidi at 101 Cookbooks, I took the most delicious Neiman Marcus cookie recipe, made my own candy cane bark, broke it up and added that to the dough instead of chocolate chips. (And on a sidenote, I really want to try out Heidi's chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses only whole wheat pastry flour - same link!) I was really paranoid about giving out this cookie to friends because I knew it wasn't the kind of cookie that was made to last for a week before eating. I couldn't hold back from telling some of my friends to make sure they ate that one first!


When I first tried the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe, I wasn't sure if it was everything I was looking for in a chocolate chip cookie. But I keep going back to it and trying different add ins, and I love the cookies every time so something must be good! One of the friends I gave this cookie to said she really liked it, partly because the candy cane pieces on the bottom of the cookie caramelized. I wasn't sure how I would like candy pieces in a cookie (I thought they'd annoyingly get stuck in my teeth while I was enjoying the cookie) but I crushed the candy cane up fairly fine and there were on mishaps.


The bark was really easy to make and addictive, especially since I used Callebaut chocolate. Yum yum. This is a very loose and easy to modify recipe for chocolate candy cane bark. Just do equal amounts of milk chocolate and white chocolate, and sprinkle however many candy cane pieces that you think looks good on top.

I think that actually sums up my Christmas baking posts. I made eggnog bars and strawberry shortbread cookie bark for just general eating at home. To give away, I made these chocolate candy cane bark cookies, peanut butter fudge, earl grey shortbread, snickerdoodles (which held up surprisingly well and didn't dry out too much), and gingerbread. I was really happy with how everything turned out, except for the gingerbread. Why I keep inflicting super molasses-y gingerbread on people at Christmas, I don't know. I'll probably be posting about that cookie soon.

Candy Cane Bark

Makes about 2 cups of candy cane bark pieces, or just a bunch of bark to eat.

1/2 lb milk chocolate
1/2 lb white chocolate
10 mini candy canes, crushed

Melt milk chocolate in a double boiler. Spread evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (about 0.5 cm thick - you could make it thinner or thicker based on your preference though.) Allow to cool completely. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Spread evenly on the milk chocolate layer (try to work quickly as the hot white chocolate will start to melt the milk chocolate - this could probably be minimized by freezing the milk chocolate first?) Immediately after you finish the white chocolate layer, evenly sprinkle on the candy cane pieces. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until very firm. Break into whatever size pieces you want, or chop it up.

18 comments:

Mandy said...

wow! the cookies look seriously delicious. I am your friends have no problem finishing them. I tried making the NM cookies once but overbaked them. :(

slowlikehoney said...

I made these too from Heidi's site and they were so delicious! One of the best cookies I've ever had.

tytty said...

there're still some xmas goodies on sale at sydney. i got 50% off a box of "Gingerbread Family". it was quite cute with big and little gingerbreadmen and 2 little houses.

look forward to your gingerbread recipe

Cakespy said...

I am a sucker for the impulse buy Peppermint bark pieces at the food store, so this sounds like an excellent adventure to me. So wonderful.

kickpleat said...

I've got some candy cane bark in the fridge leftover from the holidays and I think adding it to cookies sounds amazing!

Lyrically speaking said...

The bark cookies have me salivating

bittersweetblog said...

What a great way to shake up the old chocolate chip cookie! While vegan white chocolate is kinda out of my budget right now, I'm sure it would still be delicious using just dark chocolate... Now where did I put those extra candy canes? ;)

VeggieGirl said...

such lovely, Christmas-esque cookies!! that Neiman Marcus cookbook seems to be getting good use in your kitchen :0)

Claire said...

Mmmm...I've seen several peppermint cookies this season. These, with the bark, sound wonderful.

cinderelly said...

mmm...these sound wonderful! i love the peppermint bark, and in cookies it would taste equally delicious! i made some of the bark this year, and it came apart at the layers, but making cookies would have taken care of THAT problem! lol!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Wonderful looking cookies! I would definitely grab those first off a cookie plate.

I made peppermint bark this year but it turned out weird. The recipe I used said to mix in some vegetable oil. I was suspicious but followed the recipe. I should have. I will use your directions next time.

Patricia Scarpin said...

It looks delicious! It would make a beautiful gift.

Helene said...

What a great treat. Looks yummy.

Gigi said...

I made the Neiman Marcus cookies for Christmas also. They were the best chocolate chip cookies ever! I think you have created the ultimate chocolate chip cookie for the holidays! They must have tasted amazing!

Mallow said...

Those cookies are gorgeous, and sound heavenly. I feel like I didn't quite get my fix of peppermint and chocolate this year...you can't have too much in my book.

Bellini Valli said...

A very festive and innovative way to spruce up the chocolate chip cookie!! Good show!

Deborah said...

I still have some candy canes left from Christmas - I think I am going to be using them to make some of this bark!!

MrsPresley said...

i love peppermint bark! i bet it tastes great in cookies :)