double chocolate candy cane cookies & giveaway!

double chocolate candy cane cookies

‘Tis the season for abundant giving, sharing, and showing love. And, I’m showing you lovely readers how much I adore you by offering an over-the-top candy covered cookie recipe and a chance to win a gadget that will help you whip up some healthier treats!

In addition to the cookie recipe, today I’m giving away a handy appliance that I think every cook needs: an immersion blender. These terribly convenient little blenders are perfect for pureeing soups, making dips and salsas, smoothing out sauces… and so much more. They truly do make great gifts, so I’m giving one away to one lucky reader who’s name will be drawn randomly and announced January 3rd.

UPDATE! CONTEST NOW CLOSED! WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED JAN 3, 2013! Thanks, everyone!!

But, first the cookies (feel free to scroll past the recipe to get to the free stuff):

These sugar bombs are as tasty as they are festive. Be sure to roll the dough out (in between two sheets of parchment paper) as thin as possible to ensure a crisp, delicate cookie. A variation of these can easily be made by submerging the entire cookie sandwich in chocolate to coat–couverture works best for this application.

Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

yield: about 24 sandwich cookies (depending on cookie cutter size)

  • 2/3 cup superfine brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup cold dairy-free margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground chia seed mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups prepared fluffy frosting, such as this one
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or disks
  • 4 candy canes (any flavor) crushed

Preheat your oven to 350 °F. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the superfine brown rice flour, cocoa powder, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, and salt.

In a larger bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar. Mix in the prepared chia gel and then gradually incorporate the flours and mix well until a clumpy dough is formed.

Divide dough into 4 separate disks and chill until the dough is cold. Roll out one disk of dough about 1/8 inch thick in between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut out with circle shaped cookie cutters and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, leaning to the 10 minute mark if your cookies are 1/8 inch thick. If your cookies are thicker than 1/8 inch, then be sure to cook an additional minute or two or they won’t be as crispy.

Let cool completely and then pipe some white frosting on the inside of one cookie and sandwich together with another cookie. Press gently to distribute the frosting.

Melt the chocolate using a double boiler (no need to temper) and cover the tops of the sandwiches with a thin coating of chocolate. Sprinkle generously with the crushed candy canes. Let chocolate re-harden before serving.

 

And now the giveaway:

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Up for grabs is this Immersion Blender by DeLonghi. It’s fast, furious, and versatile as heck, so if your kitchen is minus one of these, now’s your chance to get in on the blending fun!  To enter, simply leave a comment here to let me know you’d like to be entered. Make sure when you fill in the comment form you provide a valid email address (in the appropriate field) so I can get a hold of you if you win!

Open to everyone. I will end the contest on January 2nd, 2013, and will announce the winner here the following day.

Best of luck! xoxo!

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186 Responses to double chocolate candy cane cookies & giveaway!

  1. Erica Y says:

    If it is not too late, please enter me?

  2. JACLYN says:

    I would love to enter! Maha gratitude for sharing all your wonderful wisdom!

  3. Diana says:

    I’ve never had an immersion blender, please enter me!

  4. Natalie says:

    OMG those are some amazing looking cookies, perfect for the bags of candy canes I have leftover :) Great giveaway!

  5. Angie says:

    Just found your blog. I am a vegetarian going gluten free and in need of inspiration. So excited to explore this new resource! Thanks!

  6. Pennie Brewer-McLean says:

    Please enter me – I would love to have an immersion blender!

  7. Crystal S says:

    I would LOVE to win this!! <3

  8. Joannie says:

    Great prize. thanks for the chance to win!! happy new year!

  9. Cassandra Queen says:

    I would like to be in the mix. Thank you.

  10. Simona says:

    I’d like to enter! I’ve just moved to a new country and have to Buy more or less everything for the kitchen!

  11. erinwyso says:

    That’s one beautiful immersion blender! : )

  12. sonja says:

    please enter me.. would love to win that blender! along with everyone else :o)

  13. Lea says:

    I’d love to be entered! :)

  14. Amanda says:

    My trusty immersion blender died last month after 7 years of nearly daily use. I was seriously heartbroken. It was the first kitchen tool I ever purchased with my then-boyfriend (now husband) and it helped me make many a delicious meal. I would love to win a new one.

  15. Please enter me for the giveaway! I have learned the value of having a good working immersion blender – which I don’t have… :^0…the last one I bought was from a resale thrift shop…

  16. Hannah Helms says:

    I would love to win an immersion blender!

  17. DIANA says:

    Would love this for soups! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  18. Alicia says:

    I would love to win this, I have never used an immersion blender. The cookies look fantastic.

  19. Lonna says:

    I would love to win one of these blenders!

  20. Barb K says:

    I would like to be entered. This will come in handy for fast mixing.

  21. Maura White says:

    Love the blog! Pick me!

  22. Carolsue says:

    Of course I want to enter — I’d love to have one of these! Thanks!

  23. selina mannion says:

    please enter me

  24. Rachel says:

    Please enter me!

  25. Amy L says:

    Looks like a yummy recipe. Thanks.

  26. Jenn says:

    i want to win! :)

  27. Weedwacker says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I have just started cooking vegan meals and could really use the blender.
    Just found your blog and looking forward to exploring more of the recipes!

  28. Why can’t we get vegan candy canes around here? Your cookies look fantastic and I bet they’re tasty.

    My blender just broke so I’d really like to be entered in the giveaway.

  29. Kimberly says:

    I would love one to make soups!

  30. alison says:

    I would love to enter, and I love your blog!

  31. Eric says:

    I would love to be entered. Thank you for the give-away! You have a great vegan blog and I’m sure people who avoid gluten like it too!

  32. Leslie says:

    Those cookies look awesome! I can’t wait to try them.

    Please enter me in the blender contest.

    Have a happy new year!

  33. Carla says:

    Enter me, please – I need to replace my current old immersion blender!

  34. Genevieve says:

    I’ve never used an immersion blender. It looks like it would be a great kitchen tool.

  35. Robyn says:

    Yes please! I’d love to be entered in the immersion blender giveaway – we’d have vegan soup for months if I won! Thank you.

  36. Allison R. says:

    I recently found your site and have been enjoying looking through all the recipes! I would like to be entered into the drawing for the immersion blender. Thanks!

  37. I would love to add this immersion blender to my kitchen tool cabinet!

  38. Erin says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to win :)

  39. Mélanie Gagnon says:

    I would love to be entered for this giveaway! What a great appliance. Thanks for the opportunity.

  40. CarrieD says:

    Would love to be entered in the drawing to win the immersion blender! Thanks!

  41. Louis says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Meryl says:

    Sounds great – thanks!

  43. Lakshmi says:

    Wonderful, I really need one, this Christmas season I had several appliances die, :-))

  44. Emily H. says:

    I was just saying that an immersion blender was the only appliance I really feel I’m lacking! Would love to win one. :)

  45. Ellen says:

    Over Christmas, I was just thinking how much I need to have an immersion blender! And suddenly you appeared. Life is good! Pick me! Pick me! And thank you for offering this wonderful gadget.

  46. Aimee Douglass says:

    I so need one of these so I don’t need to drag out the Vitamix every time :).

  47. Cadry says:

    What tasty looking cookies! So festive! I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!

  48. Natalie says:

    It would be super awesome to win this blender! Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Tina says:

    Enter me please!

  50. Deb says:

    Thanks for hosting! I’d love to win this.

  51. Vaishali says:

    I wouldn’t eat candy canes by themselves, but I’d guzzle down these cookies in a minute. What a great idea.
    I’ve been longing for an immersion blender and can think of a million ways I’d use it. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  52. Kim K. says:

    an immersion blender was on my christmas list this year and i didn’t get one so i’d love to win this!

  53. Heather says:

    I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity :)

    Hope you had a blessed Christmas!!

  54. Matthew says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks!!!

  55. Oh! I would love one!

  56. Allison Downes says:

    I would love to be entered! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  57. I’d love to be entered! When I’m home I make good use of my parents’ immersion blender, and can’t wait to get my own for my apartment. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  58. Katie says:

    Ooh! This immersion blender is just what I need! I have been making cream of cauliflower soup in my crockpot & then blending it in my blender in batches. This would simplify things & make it safer!

  59. M'ris berlin says:

    is it soup yet??? :crosses fingers:

  60. Becky says:

    Enter me please!

  61. Sandra says:

    Great giveaway!

  62. Shane says:

    Yours is by far the best cooking blog on the web…(oh, and I’d really love to win!) Happy Holidays!

  63. Ashley says:

    Who wouldn’t want to win?! Amazing giveaway, thank you for the chance! :)

  64. nik says:

    Thank you so much…I’d love to win!

  65. Merle says:

    I’d love to win!
    My mom makes the best butternut squash soup with her immersion blender…I want one too!!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Kerry says:

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I’ve wanted an immersion blender for a long time.

  67. filomena barilla says:

    i need a blender my magicbullet just broke. I would use it for soups and smoothies.

  68. Emma Leveson says:

    Would love to enter.

  69. Maddy C says:

    I’d love to be entered, I’ve been wanting an immersion blender for ages! Great cookie by the way, I made them today for some friends and they are gone!

  70. Angela says:

    Please enter me!!!! I’ve been wanting one of these soooo so badly :) Thank you!

  71. Amanda T. says:

    I would love to win this blender and try it out in my new kitchen.

  72. katherine d. says:

    enter me!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  73. Hailey says:

    This is such a great giveaway! So excited to (maybe) make lots of yummy pureed soup!

  74. Alice says:

    I would be thrilled to have an awesome blender like this in my dorm kitchen to whip up all kinds of tasty treats!

  75. Kristine says:

    I would love to win this immersion blender! I’ve been wanting one for so long!!!

  76. Benjamin Roberts says:

    I love Immersion Blenders! I would love one of my own so that I wouldn’t have to borrow one from family! Please, enter me!

  77. Jason Curry says:

    I am making your ginger cookies and your Russian tea cakes for my in-laws. I am vegan and my wife is gluten-free so I can’t think of a better website for us. Thanks for your contributions!

  78. Natasha says:

    I would love that blender! I can’t afford my own. But I’m definitely making those cookies soon!

  79. Hayley says:

    My crappy ol’ immersion blender is on the fritz. This would be perfect!

    Cheers!

  80. Lilla says:

    (i’m saying this very quietly so my old blender won’t hear it and be offended) i’d love to be entered in this giveaway, this blender looks super cool! thank you and happy holidays.

  81. Julie says:

    Would love to win this, and those cookies look amazing!

  82. Karen D says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win!

  83. bitt says:

    I would love one for soup making! Especially your mint pea soup!

  84. Kara says:

    I love your website and can not wait to try these cookies. I just bought your first cook book and pre-ordered the second one. Made the Basic Brown Bread recipe and it was fantastic. First Gluten Free bread recipe from scratch that actually worked out for me. Thanks! I would love to win that immersion blender …soups are my specialty.

  85. Magali says:

    Never used one of those, would be fun to try!

  86. Robin says:

    I’d love to be win this! My immersion blender is probably older than most of your readers!

  87. Laurie says:

    Sorry, My message is above this one but my keyboard is frezing up also – This message has my corect name and email addie – Sheesh!

  88. Lauie says:

    I would LOVE to be entered to win the Immersion Blender. Mine recently froze up :-( Thank You for this opportunity. Wishing You a Very Merry Chrismas and a New Year Filled With All of Life’s Sweetest Blessings!

  89. Deborah says:

    I’d love a chance to win an immersion blender!

  90. Laurel says:

    The cookies look yummy! Please enter me for the blender. I’ve been wanting one of these! Thank you for sharing all you wonderful recipes. Merry Christmas!

  91. Oh my gosh! Those cookies look so rich and deliciuos! I love adding peppermint and wish I had a candy cane now!

  92. I already have an immersion blender, so please don’t enter me into the giveaway! ha ha I just wanted to tell you that those cookies look delicious!!

  93. Arlene Prepejchal says:

    I would love to get this blender for my daughter-in-law. She was recently diagnosed with lupus and trying to follow a vegan gluten-free diet. The blender could help. Please enter me in the contest.

  94. Joy says:

    Oooooooh I’d so love to win.
    And these cookies are going in my Christmas cookies basket. I made all ones with nuts this is the perfect compliment

  95. April says:

    Oh I would absolutely love to be entered! Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  96. Carrie says:

    Looking forward to trying the cookie recipe. Thanks for hosting a giveaway – An immersion blender would be an awesome addition to my bag of tools!

  97. teepee says:

    Would absolutely love to win this blender! Thank you for the opportunity. Merry Christmas

  98. Maureen says:

    I would love to be included.
    Thank you
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  99. Anne Young says:

    I would love to have an Immersion Blender! Thanks for the opportunity!

  100. Jessica C. says:

    Wow, these cookies look amazing! I would also love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you!

  101. Margaret Bragg says:

    Love your web site

  102. Laura says:

    I would love to be entered! Thanks!

  103. Diana G. says:

    Those cookies look soooo yummy!

    Yes, please enter me in the immersion blender giveaway ^_^

    Merry Christmas!

  104. donna says:

    so needed !! taking a soups & stews vegan cooking class and the immersion blender is key ingredient !! winter comfort foods . . .

  105. Ceil says:

    I’ve never had an immersion blender but would love one. Thank you for all of your recipes; they make living day-to-day so much easier.

  106. Allie H says:

    that immersion blender looks like one tough cookie. it would make a great addition to my kitchen!

  107. Lynne says:

    The cookie recipe looks great! I think I’m going to have to make them for our New Years Eve party. Thanks so much for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!

  108. Chris says:

    I would love to be entered into this giveaway! Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

  109. Eric says:

    I would like to be entered please. Thank you for having such a nice give-away

  110. Sandra Martinez says:

    Enter me Please.That Blender looks so cool

  111. nelle says:

    Enter my name, please.

  112. Liz S. says:

    OooOO I have been looking at these for a while, but haven’t bought one yet. I would love to be entered!

  113. Yelena says:

    I would love to have this! Thank you for delicious recipe-) Have a good holidays!

  114. kim says:

    I’ve always wanted to own one :)

  115. heid says:

    ‘Tis the season when the hectic pace of life makes you feel like you’re being immersion-blended! But what a great give-away; my 20-year-old IB is tired and dull, so this would be a special treat. Please enter me in the contest, and thanks for the opportunity. Happy holidays to all!

  116. Ashley says:

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway-thanks a bunch!

  117. holly says:

    I’m entering. Oh, and yum cookies and stuff!

  118. Anita says:

    Yum! Awesome looking cookies. I would love to win that blender. thanks!

  119. nancy says:

    WE are still, (and will continue to) enjoying your apple nacho recipe!! Thanks!

  120. Heather says:

    I would love it win it! I had one a long time ago and loved it.

  121. CMStewart says:

    I agree, an immersion blender would be a great addition to my kitchen arsenal!

  122. Emma Goodrum says:

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Those cookies look awesome! Happy Christmas to you and your family! XX

  123. Stephanie says:

    Oh my goodness! I’d love to be entered in the drawing! I’ve been dreaming about an immersion blender for awhile now. It’s such the correct tool. Thanks!

  124. qatheworld says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! :D

    P.S. That broken cookie at the front of the photo must be the one I am eating in my mind! :P

  125. Liliana says:

    I’ve always wanted to use an immersion blender! This is an awesome giveaway!

  126. I’d love to enter – I was just thinking the other day (while making soup, of course) how it would be so much easier if I owned one!

    Happy Holidays :)

  127. Lauren says:

    I’d love to be entered and would be ecstatic if I won! Thank you for the giveaway.

  128. Josiane says:

    Those cookies sound pretty awesome! And I bet that if I ended up being too short on time to turn them into sandwich cookies, they’d be terrific on their own, even without the frosting.

    I have an immersion blender that I love, but I’ve had and loved it for many, many years, and I’m afraid it’ll die on me any day now. So thank you for putting my name in the proverbial hat for your lovely and generous giveaway!

    And finally: happy holidays to you and your family! May the coming weeks be filled with love, peace, fun, and… great gluten-free vegan eats!

  129. Karoline says:

    Can’t wait to try my hand at these cookies!

    And, please enter my name for the blender. My cheapie is dying and this would be a big upgrade, for sure!

  130. Susan P says:

    I’ve been wanting an immersion blender for some time and would love to be entered in the contest

  131. Kelli says:

    I would LOVE to be entered!

  132. Bianca says:

    Those cookies look divine! I’d love to have an immersion blender, sign me up please :o)

  133. Em says:

    I’ve never had an immersion blender. I’d love to have the opportunity to experiment with this!

  134. Sara says:

    I’d love to win the immersion blender!

  135. Christine says:

    Somehow I’ve made it my whole life without an immersion blender despite really wanting one… I’d love to be entered!

  136. Cynthia says:

    My kitchen is immersion blender deprived. I’d really love to be entered….thank you!

  137. Anne says:

    DeLonghi products are awesome. I would love to win this immersion blender.

  138. Paige says:

    These cookies look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them!

  139. Carmen says:

    I second Colette, I’ve been wanting an immersion blender for quite some time and would love to be entered into the contest!

  140. Colette says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting an immersion blender for a while now, so I’d love to be entered. Thank you!

  141. Janret says:

    I cannot wait to make these for my most amazing foodie son! He will be sooo excited!

  142. HERBIVORE TRIATHLETE says:

    Pick me, pick me! I love kitchen tools and gadgets. The cookies look delicious too, I think mint and chocolate were meant for each other.

  143. OOoooh! I have an ancient immersion blender that threatens to die on me daily. Would LOVE to replace it!

  144. Sarah says:

    I would love to add this to my kitchen :)

  145. I would love an immersion blender to make some fun soups!

  146. Emily says:

    I’d love to be entered! These cookies sound delicious!

  147. Kristin says:

    Those cookies look divine!!
    I would love to be entered in the blender giveaway please :) My cheapie, old, beat up immersion blender just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore :)

  148. Dana says:

    i could go for one of those! please enter me :)

  149. Hannah says:

    I’d like to be entered!

  150. Vicki W says:

    I use a stick blender every morning for my breakfast and it doesn’t have much life left. This would be awesome. The cookies look awesome too and I’ll be trying them soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  151. Stephanie M says:

    mmmm, silky smooth soups!

  152. Kate Alison says:

    I would like to be entered in the contest! I cannot wait to make these little cookies for all my holiday functions in the coming week!

  153. Kelly D says:

    I would like to be entered. Thanks!

  154. Murphy says:

    your recipes are always so delicious… thank you.

  155. Chris says:

    I’d like to be entered for blender.

  156. I don’t have an immersion blender, but would love one! I make tons of creamy veggie soups, and this would be really convenient.

  157. Ali says:

    Oh, I’d love to win this! Merry Christmas!

  158. abby says:

    would love this!

  159. Esther Kidwell says:

    Ahh!! I would love to win! :D

  160. Heather Vongsavanh says:

    I’d like to be entered. And what a bummer that the cookies don’t come with it ;)

  161. Gretchen says:

    We’ve been making due since our immersion blender broke, but that sure would be nice. Please enter me!

  162. Anita says:

    One of these is on my list of things I need in my kitchen.

  163. AC says:

    I would love to win one of these!

  164. Kaycee says:

    I have always wanted one of these! Your cookies look amazing – as your recipes always do!

  165. Melissa says:

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway contest. Also, thanks for all of the inspiration and recipes. Love it!

  166. Hilary says:

    I would like to enter! I especially covet the container attachment!

  167. Helen hitchens says:

    These look great, yet another treat i can win my non vegan family and friendsover with

  168. Helen says:

    I would love to win the immersion blender! I just moved here from Europe and was not able to take my kitchen stuff with me. It would be great for making creamy soups!

  169. Terri Cole says:

    I’d love to win this for my daughter!

  170. Christa says:

    I would love to win an immersion blender! Great giveaway, thank you!

  171. Nancy says:

    I gave my immersion blender to my daughter and really miss it. I’d love to have one again.

  172. jac says:

    the blender looks so sleek..it would be great replacing my 90s beige one!

  173. Elizabeth says:

    I’m looking forward to making these! Now to find candy canes without artificial colors . . .

  174. Kerianne says:

    I would love to win the Immersion Blender – thank you!

  175. Jasmine says:

    I would love to be entered! I’ve been needing a new immersion blender to replace my broken one. :(

  176. Fernando Domeniconi says:

    I’d like to participate of the Immersion Blender giveaway! Thank you!

  177. Erin says:

    I’ve been wanting an immersion blender for ages but have never been able to justify buying one, so I would love to win one.

  178. Tiffany says:

    I would love a new immersion blender! My old one has taken a beating.

  179. Raquel says:

    Those cookies look fantastic! Slightly reminiscent of Trader Joe’s “Joe Joe’s,” but healthier!

    And I’d love an immersion blender… soup-making would become so much easier! Thanks for the giveaway!

  180. Ellen says:

    I would love an immersion blender to replace my old crappy one. :)

  181. Megan says:

    I would love an immersion blender! Please add me! (And also, those cookies look amazing.)

  182. Emma says:

    I’d love an immersion blender- so many silky soup recipes I see out there with my name on them. Your cookies are so pretty, and look rather yummy too!

  183. Molly says:

    Enter me! Silly me, was sure the cookies were coming with the giveaway :(

    • sonja says:

      enter me! pick me… Would love one as I am too afraid to pour hot soups in blender, so theyr’e a little on the chunky side!