Candy Cane Cookie-Stuffed Snowcaps

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Well, I’ve finally tasted my first Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joes.  I’ve heard about them for years, but never had the chance to try them since I didn’t live close to a TJ's. 

They’re very, very good…. but I couldn’t just eat them, you know?  I needed to make something with them.  Perhaps a holiday cookie recipe? 

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I created a “snowcap” cookie dough recipe (also known as crinkle cookies) and wrapped the dough around the candy cane Joe-Joes.  I think they’re pretty festive!  I always think of snowcap cookies when I’m thinking of cookies to bake for Christmas. 

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These were very good.  But as you can imagine, they’re rich.  A cookie inside of a cookie makes a monster-sized cookie.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Also, if you don’t have Jo-Jo’s you can use Peppermint Oreos.

I’m thinking maybe I’ll make these again for my upcoming cookie exchange/book club party this weekend.  What do you think?  Or should I go with something more classic? 

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Candy Cane Cookie-Stuffed Snowcaps

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
20 Candy Cane Jo-Jo's or Peppermint Oreos
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and granulated sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.  Beat in melted chocolate until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined.

Shape dough into 20 balls.  Chill the dough for a few minutes if it's too sticky.  Place a dough ball in your hand and flatten it as thin as possible without having it fall apart; place a cookie into the center.  Wrap dough around cookie and smooth.  Repeat process with remaining dough balls.  Roll balls in confectioners' sugar until coated.  Place on cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake 15 minutes, or until well risen, set, and crackled.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

22 comments:

  1. Sure these cookies will be a hit!!!!!

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  2. those do look insanely rich! but great combo of flavors :)

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    1. Half of a cookie is one portion size. They're huge!

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  3. I've been willing myself to avoid the JoJos because I know it's just an addiction waiting to happen...let's be honest. But these are really calling to me...

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  4. Yum!

    Also jealous! I went to TJ's yesterday looking for candy cane joe-joe's - and they said they were not only sold out at our store, but sold out of all TJ's across the country, done for the season! (So if there are still some at your Trader Joe's, maybe you should stock up! Haha.)

    Just bummed because I was going to make Oreo truffles out of them, my coworker brought them in last week and they were divine.

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    1. Nooo way! Are you serious!? I can send you some if you want. There were a lot at my store. I want to make Oreo truffles. Do you think that would be good for the exchange?

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  5. Great idea! I love those cookies and sometimes I just can't stop eating them.

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    1. They are addicting, Lisa! I need to try the Oreos next.

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  6. You never cease to amaze me, Emily! You always want to create something that has never been created before, when it comes to baking and cooking! 99.9% of us would never have thought of this - that is why you are going to be such a huge success in your culinary career! Also, I LOVE the names you come up with for your creations! These look amazing, and I know they will be a huge hit! Kudos to you from Springfield, MO!! I love your posts and look forward to them every day!!

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    1. Hi Jane! Thanks so much for reading! You're such a sweetheart. I appreciate the nice comments you leave!

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  7. I say go with these!! :) I still have to decide what I'm making...

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    1. I just don't know! I want to try something new. Maybe something with peanut butter. What are you thinking about making?

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  8. These cookies look heavenly! And I would make them again for your cookie swap...There are plenty of other times for classic cookies! I used the candy cane joe-joe's in a brownie recipe last week, and they were divine! I'm planning to add them to some cupcake batter tomorrow for my work Christmas party. Hoping those turn out well too... I agree that you can't really just eat the joe-joe's - they are much better inside another baked good! :)

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    1. Ohh the brownies sound so good! I want to try that!

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    2. For the brownies I just crushed up 4 Joe-Joe's and added to my classic brownie batter. After pouring the batter into the pan I broke up 12 Joe-Joe's by hand and tried to artfully place them and push them down a little bit to set them in place. I felt like I was making a mosaic or something!

      Joe-Joe's + chocolate cupcakes were also a hit. I used the Black Magic chocolate cake recipe you posted awhile ago for the cakes. Thanks for that! I've enjoyed so many of your recipes!

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  9. I love how you made a great cookie even better! great work!

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  10. I've been going to TJ's for years adn never saw the Joe Joe's. Now I'm thinking I need to get a hold of them just so I can make these.

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