Happy Friday! There are only 3 more weekends until Christmas; can you believe it?! I feel like, for once, I am actually on top of things this year. Most of the time I am that person you see at the mall Christmas Eve scrambling to buy the majority of her gifts. But not this year! How are you doing on your planning and gift buying this year?
This is the first year that my boys really have an idea of Santa and that he is coming and bringing presents. So of course we have to leave milk and cookies for him! I wanted to create a cookie that was unique for the season and something that could help keep the Santa story alive with the boys for many years. Jeremy and I have different views on when to reveal the truth about Santa. When he was a kid, he was told at a very early age, like 3, that Santa wasn’t real (He was the youngest of 6) I was the oldest and just had one younger brother so I found out quite a bit later, like 7 or 8, the truth. I do see both sides of the debate and I’m sure we will both know when the time is right to tell our children. But for now I want to feed into the story as much as I can.
One day, a few weeks ago, my two year old asked, “What if Santa gets tired and can’t come to our house before Christmas morning?” That is a great question, and something I wasn’t planning on having to answer for a couple of years. That is how this recipe came about. My response went something like this “Candy Canes are like Rockstar (because daddy drinks Rockstar for energy sometimes) for Santa Clause. So if he gets tired he eats a candy cane and it gives him energy.” I knew after that, whatever treat we left Santa had to have candy canes involved. And so became Santa’s Clif Bar (because that’s what cousins eat for energy before a big game). The boys loved helping make these cookies, but they were a little worried when we ate them all in a day. I reassured them that we would make another batch Christmas Eve for Santa.
Santa's Clif Bar: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup candy canes crushed (about 10-12)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- powdered sugar for dusting
- 3 Tbsp vanilla bark or white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cream together butter and sugar.
- Add in eggs and vanilla, one at a time and whisk to combine.
- In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder.
- Add flour mix 1 cup at a time until dough starts to form a ball.
- In a blender or food processor (I used my Blendtec) crush candy canes.
- Fold crushed candy canes into dough.
- Lightly dust a large cutting board with powdered sugar and roll out dough until it's about 1/2" thick,
- Cut dough in half lengthwise and roll two halves into long loaves.
- Let chill in fridge for 30 mins-1 hour
- Remove dough from fridge and cut into 1/2" thick circles.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes until edges are golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Heat vanilla bark or white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 sec increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- Drizzle on top of cooled cookies
These turned out better than I expected. They are super soft but with a nice crunch from the candy canes. The peppermint taste is strong, but not too strong, and they taste with a glass of milk. I think these will give Santa the energy he needs to make it through the night!
I’ve joined with 14 other bloggers to share some of our favorite holiday cookies too! Check back on Sunday for all the wonderful recipes!
Amy | Canary Street Crafts says
These look yummy! I think it’s so cute your 2 year old is worried about Santa and his energy level, too :). What a sweetie!!
Thank you so much Amy! He is always making sure everyone is taken care of; it’s both a blessing and a curse 🙂
Christin @ Blue Crab Martini says
I love the story behind these cookies- Santa’s version of an energy drink lol! Candy canes are my boys’ favorite holiday treat so I’m sure they would love these cookies. Thank you so much for participating in the cookie swap and I’m excited to see more of your blog in the future 🙂
Thank you Christin! And thank you so much for organizing and putting this together!!
Robyn @ simply fresh dinners says
Doesn’t it make Christmas so much more exciting when the kids believe in Santa? Love these special cookies and what a beautiful plate they will make for Santa! I love super soft cookies 🙂
Don’t forget the reindeer sprinkles on the front lawn!
Thank you so much Robyn! It really does make the holidays so much more fun! I forgot about reindeer sprinkles! Thanks for reminding me!!
Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen says
These cookies look great!
my husband would absolutely love these, pinning!
Thanks Jess! I hope he likes them 🙂
These cookies look amazing, I love the flavor combination! All month long I am featuring different holiday cookie creations for my cookie countdown to Christmas! I would love it if you stopped by to check it out! 🙂
Thank you Cathy! I’m headed over right now 🙂
Jen @ The Halfway Homemaker says
These look delicious! Thanks for sharing with Tasty Tuesdays!
CJ Huang says
These cookies look like they’d make santa give you some extra good gifts. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds as most popular! 🙂
Thanks so much CJ! I love partying with you!!