Groovin' in the kitchen, dancin' in Missoula.

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:

I rolled out the dough and then used my very fancy cookie cutter:
"Cookie Cutter"
If your cookie cutter isn’t this fancy and complex, don’t feel bad. Just use what you have 😉

Have you ever tried to find cookie cutters right before Christmas?

Candy Canes

Mashing candy canes in a bag with a rolling pin is really fun. I’d seriously recommend it if you have any aggression you need to work through.

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.
Raw Cookies

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)
Baked & Melted

When the cookies were cool enough to handle, I broke out the big guns:

And then made magic:
Nutella Cookie

These travel well due to the sandwich set-up, and they taste pretty darn fantastic, if I do say so myself!

But I didn’t stop there, my friends.
Dough Ball
Then I rolled little dough balls,

dipped them in the candy cane,

Ready for the Oven

In the Oven
and put them in the oven. The candy canes start to melt,

and when they cool, they have a candy coating:

So they end up soft and moist on the inside, but crunchy and minty on the outside.

You’re welcome.

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.

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