These Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies combine a soft and chewy cream cheese cookie with candy crunch dark chocolate for the perfect holiday chocolate chip cookie!
I made these Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies totally randomly. I needed a holiday cookie to add into a cookie jar for a photo for my How to Package Cookies for Gift Giving post. And I was also craving some soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.
I had just gotten a bunch of Lake Champlain Candy Cane Crunch Bars, and I grabbed one out of the pantry to eat it while I thought about the cookies I was going to make. As I bit down on that dark chocolate square that was perfectly sweet and a little bit crunchy, I knew I needed to add them into cookies!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
These holiday dark chocolate cookies are incredibly easy to make! They come together in minutes, they don’t require any chill time, and they are basically like candy cane and dark chocolate cookies had a baby together.
These Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies use cream cheese in addition to eggs, but the added cream cheese makes these extra soft and chewy! These holiday dark chocolate cookies are ones that you will want to make again and again. I mean how could you not want to eat candy cane and dark chocolate cookies all day every day right now? After you try these, that’s probably all you’ll want to do.
Even Delaney, who is not as much of a fan of peppermint as I am, is obsessed with these. He was upset that I gave some to our neighbor! We ate the rest of them in just two days, and the next day he asked me when I would make them again, ha-ha! So, get to it and make these amazing Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies.
Can I make these cookies ahead of time?
Absolutely! These Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies are an easy cookie to make ahead of time. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container like a Tupperware or airtight cookie jar.
Can I add real candy canes into cookies?
If you can’t get the Lake Champlain Candy Cane Crunch Bars, then you can add in dark chocolate chunks and candy cane pieces into the cookie dough instead. But I would highly recommend getting these chocolate bars, as it makes these so much easier than chopping up candy canes!
Can I add white chocolate to these cookies?
Yes, if you want to add white chocolate chips to these cookies as well it would make them more like peppermint bark flavor! Replace about one-third of the dark chocolate bar pieces with white chocolate chips.
Can I use a cookie scoop for these cookies?
Yes, of course, you can always use a cookie scoop for any cookie recipe I say to roll by hand. I just don’t use cookie scoops because they drive me nuts, ha-ha! If you are using a cookie scoop, you should use about a 1 1/2-tabelspoon cookie scoop. Just be sure that you get the right number of cookies that the recipe calls for, this way the baking times will be accurate. If you use a larger cookie scoop and get less cookies, you will have to bake them longer.
Ingredients for Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate CookiesDifficulty: Easy
Make these Candy Cane Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookies when you're craving something festive, but don't have a lot of time!
1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened
113 grams (1/2 cup) organic cane sugar
57 grams (1/4 cup) packed organic light brown sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs
28 grams (2 tablespoons) organic cream cheese
255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter. Continue to mix on low to medium until the butter is light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the eggs and mix on low until combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined.
- Roughly chop the chocolate bars and add into the cookie dough. Mix on low until combined.
- Using your hands, form the dough into 24 balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets spacing at least 1-inch apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
- Gluten Free — Replace the all purpose flour with 269 grams (1 3/4 cups) organic gluten free flour blend.
- High Altitude — Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms.
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