Fun with Dough
The title pretty much says it all. While staying with family over the Christmas weekend, I spent one morning in the kitchen making cookie after cookie. There have been a few iterations of style, but the basic concept of sugar cookie + Nutella + candy canes = get in my mouth! stayed pretty constant. I had a lot of fun, and these cookies made great gifts. They’ll also make nice New Year’s Eve treats. Although candy canes are seasonal, peppermints are not, so if you need these cookies in July, it shouldn’t be too hard to pull off.
I started with basic sugar cookie dough:
Since I was using cookie sheets, I lined them with parchment paper and preheated the oven to 400F. I sprinkled crunched candy canes on half the cookies, and left the other half plane, since those will end up as the bottom of the sandwich.
Depending on your oven, how thinly you roll the dough and the baking vessel, it will take anywhere between 10-15 minutes for the cookies to bake through. I hate it when the bottoms turn brown, and I actually like really soft, doughy cookies, so I usually pull them out a little early. Since I was giving these as a gift though, I figured I should put safety first and bake them all the way through. (Now you know how much I love the people who eat my cookies)
The balls had to bake quite a bit longer, due to the thickness of each cookie. I think I left them in around 20 minutes, but you can test them periodically to make sure they aren’t burning on the bottom or raw in the center.
Like I said, so much fun with dough! I hope you try these sometime, but if you don’t have time to bake, maybe we could be friends, and you’ll get some for Christmas. In July.