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!