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!