double chocolate candy cane cookies & giveaway!

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!

186 Responses to double chocolate candy cane cookies & giveaway!

  1. Genevieve says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. Erin says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’d love to win :)

  6. Mélanie Gagnon says:

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

  7. CarrieD says:

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

  8. Louis says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Meryl says:

    Sounds great – thanks!

  10. Lakshmi says:

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

  11. 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. :)

  12. 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.

  13. Aimee Douglass says:

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

  14. Cadry says:

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

  15. Natalie says:

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

  16. Tina says:

    Enter me please!

  17. Deb says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. Heather says:

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

    Hope you had a blessed Christmas!!

  21. Matthew says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks!!!

  22. Oh! I would love one!

  23. Allison Downes says:

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. M'ris berlin says:

    is it soup yet??? :crosses fingers:

  27. Becky says:

    Enter me please!

  28. Sandra says:

    Great giveaway!

  29. Shane says:

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

  30. Ashley says:

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

  31. nik says:

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

  32. 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!

  33. Kerry says:

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

  34. filomena barilla says:

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

  35. Emma Leveson says:

    Would love to enter.

  36. 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!

  37. Angela says:

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

  38. Amanda T. says:

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

  39. katherine d. says:

    enter me!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  40. Hailey says:

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

  41. 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!

  42. Kristine says:

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

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. Natasha says:

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

  46. Hayley says:

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

    Cheers!

  47. 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.

  48. Julie says:

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

  49. Karen D says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win!

  50. bitt says:

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