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.


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. 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.

  2. Magali says:

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

  3. Robin says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Deborah says:

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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. April says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. teepee says:

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

  15. Maureen says:

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

  16. Anne Young says:

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

  17. Jessica C. says:

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

  18. Margaret Bragg says:

    Love your web site

  19. Laura says:

    I would love to be entered! Thanks!

  20. Diana G. says:

    Those cookies look soooo yummy!

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

    Merry Christmas!

  21. donna says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. Allie H says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. Chris says:

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

  26. Eric says:

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

  27. Sandra Martinez says:

    Enter me Please.That Blender looks so cool

  28. nelle says:

    Enter my name, please.

  29. 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!

  30. Yelena says:

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

  31. kim says:

    I’ve always wanted to own one :)

  32. 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!

  33. Ashley says:

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

  34. holly says:

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

  35. Anita says:

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

  36. nancy says:

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

  37. Heather says:

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

  38. CMStewart says:

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

  39. Emma Goodrum says:

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

  40. 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!

  41. 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

  42. Liliana says:

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

  43. 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 :)

  44. Lauren says:

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

  45. 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!

  46. 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!

  47. Susan P says:

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

  48. Kelli says:

    I would LOVE to be entered!

  49. Bianca says:

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

  50. Em says:

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