Candy Cane Cookie Dough Truffles

by Kelly on December 15, 2010

If there is one thing that turns my cooking and eating habits on their heads, it’s Christmas. In the days and weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years I find that my habits differ in such a way from the rest of the year that at times, I confuse myself.

I normally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but this time of year I go weak at the sight of caramel corn, or  bread pudding, or  hot chocolate, or of course, Christmas cookies…

I’m also normally the kind of girl who rarely repeats a recipe, always living for the new and the challenging.  But Christmas again changes all that.  I long to remake the recipes I grew up with as a kid, especially when it comes to cookies and bars.  In my house we grew up with a standard repertoire of cookies, many of which I’ve realized through cookie exchanges and blog reading, are common favorites among other households as well.  Peanut Butter Blossoms, Cream Wafers, Pecan Cups, Cream Cheese Lemon Bars, and Cherry Blossoms have been regular fixtures on my family’s Christmas cookie plate.  If you celebrate Christmas, I’m sure your family has its own revered favorites.  It’s just assumed that these cookies will return year after year and if they don’t, their absence is often met by confusion and complaints.

Sure I’ve experimented with new treats over the years like Egg Nog Cookies and Banana Cream Cheese Mounds, but they’re just not as much fun to make.

Today we live in a world where we have access to an almost limitless array of recipes through the internet, magazines, books, and other media.  There’s something appealing about instead, if only for a season, returning faithfully to family recipes, to a subset culled down over generations.  Sure I’ll bet that many of ours, as personal as they seem, all originated from the same Betty Crocker or Joy of Cooking cookbooks, but it’s irrelevant.  They’re wedded to sentimentality all the same.

The downside of this is that this kind of baking doesn’t lend itself well to blogging.  Most people don’t want to hear about the same five recipes year in and year out.  So this post, as a result is a bit of a compromise – a reinvention of one of last year’s hits, Chocolate-Orange Cookie Dough Truffles.

Orange Cookie Dough Truffles-1

I made them for a blogger cookie exchange and they were rich and creamy and so addictive that I’ve been wanting to remake them ever since.  But because a simple recreation seemed a bit boring, I decided to swap out the orange for a new flavor…

Candy Cane Cookie Dough Truffles

Candy cane!  The result is pure perfection.

Candy cane cookie dough truffles (3 of 6)

Creamed butter and brown sugar give this treat a texture that is shockingly similar to real cookie dough (but without the eggs) while mint extract and crushed candy canes give it a unique and festive twist.  I loved how the mint was well balanced against the chocolate so you definitely know it is there, but it in no way overwhelms the other flavors.  I dipped mine in dark chocolate because I love the flavor and color contrast, but you could always use red candy melts instead to carry through the colors of a candy cane.

Candy cane cookie dough truffles (5 of 6)

These also keep incredibly well in the freezer so if you can spare a few, they’re great to stash away for a post-holiday nosh.  The only problem is they are so addictive, you may not have any left to save!

Chocolate-Candy Cane Cookie Dough Truffles
Yields about 5 1/2 dozen


-1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
-3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon mint extract
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
-1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
-1/4 cup crushed candy cane pieces (about 3 average-sized candy canes)

-2 cups chopped dark chocolate
-2 tablespoons shortening
-Additional crushed candy cane pieces, if desire, for decorating


For the filling, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in salt, and mint extract.
Gradually add flour, alternately with milk beating well after each addition.
Stir in chocolate chunks and candy cane pieces
Shape into 1 inch balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Alternatively, grease and flour small silicone truffle molds and press in cookie dough. Loosely cover and refrigerate for one to two hours or until firm.

Bring a saucepan of water to a simmer over a burner. In a glass bowl combine the dark chocolate and shortening. Place over the saucepan (the water should NOT touch the bottom of the bowl) and stir until chocolate and shortening are melted and well combined. Dip cookie dough in coating, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle additional crushed candy cane pieces on top.

Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Store any leftover truffles in the fridge or the freezer.

Hungry for more holiday treats, check out my posts from holidays past:

Holiday Recap
Cream Wafers and Other Holiday Baking
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Smells Like the Holidays in My Kitchen
Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

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Jessica @ How Sweet December 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

ooooh! Love this idea!


Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 15, 2010 at 7:47 am

This sounds awesome. I made cookie dough truffles recently, but I like yours better. GREAT pics, too.


Bethany December 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

These are adorable!! I might just have to break my own family’s traditions (the same cookies and candies… every single year) to make these for Christmas Eve!


Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

Oh man, now you’re going to have me thinking of infinite flavor permutations for cookie dough truffles. It’s going to be out of control.


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen December 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

Oh YUM! (Of course, those orange ones sound amazing too….)


brandi December 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

These sound SO good. I love anything chocolate + peppermint!


CaSaundra December 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

Great way to use up all the candy canes I have–truffles are a no-fail gift too, everyone loves em!


Lauren December 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

Kelly, this is such a creative new take on the infamous cookie dough truffles! Well done :).


Carolyn Jung December 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

If I stashed them in the freezer, I’d just eat them frozen. Hah. I do that with Girl Scout cookies, too, thinking I won’t eat so many that way. But it never works. 😉


Mary December 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

These sound delicious and I know they’d be addictive. The thought of peppermint and chocolate makes my socks go up and down. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary


sippitysup December 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Frozen is not gonna stop most people from sneaking them back out into the light of day. So just roll with it and eat em all down. Then make more! GREG


5 Star Foodie December 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

These look absolutely scrumptious, love the candy cane addition, perfect holiday treats!


Charissa - The Gifted Blog December 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm

My mouth is watering! Even your introduction was making my sweet tooth perk up. : )


Cara December 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm

You’re a little bit evil. I had *just* come to terms with the fact that I won’t be making cookie dough truffles this year (one of my favorite treats!) because I don’t have anywhere to bring them. Fine, I got over it 🙂 Then you have to go and post these!!! ohhh, want them so bad!


Kerstin December 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

What a great twist on cookie dough truffles! I’m the same way at Christmas, but hopefully I’ll try at least a few new recipes soon.


Elina (Russian Bites) December 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Yum. I remember these guys last year – they were delicious. I think I would enjoy the candy cane twist even more. I’ve been loving all the holiday baking lately. Whipping up another batch of cookie tonight for a party. Love it! 🙂


Shannon December 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

i know it’s so tough to try new recipes, but i usually keep one and make a bunch of others, knowing that mom will do the classics 🙂 these sound as good as the ones you made last year… so i might have to make them!!


Hannah December 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Oh man, these sound like little bites of heaven! I do adore mint and chocolate together, so these would be a big hit in my book… I’m still working on holiday gifts, too, so this idea may come in handy yet!


Lisa December 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I used your recipe to make these before Christmas! I forgot to buy mini chocolate chips, so I ended up using my nut chopper to chop up some full-sized chips. For dark chocolate, I used ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. I don’t have much candy making experience so most of mine ended up oddly shaped with extra chocolate at the bottom, but they are delicious!!


Kelly December 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm


Glad to hear you tried the recipe and that they turned out. It’s a pretty forgiving recipe so even with substitutions, it definitely tastes delicious. And as for having oddly shaped chocolates, I do think it’s one of those things where the more you make chocolates, the better they turn out. My other tip is that when I am dipping them I usually use a candy dipping fork to dip the truffles. They are very inexpensive (I got mine for a couple of dollars at a craft store) and work well because they more easily allow excess chocolate to trip off. I dip my cookie dough truffle with the candy dipping fork, allow it to drip a few seconds over my bowl of chocolate, and then place it on my parchment paper. It works very well.


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