PEEPS® Candy Cane Stuffed Chocolate Cookies (and Giveaway)
Please note, this post and giveaway are sponsored by PEEPS®. All opinions expressed remain my own.
These double chocolate cookies are stuffed with PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks, giving them a melted and gooey candy cane flavored marshmallow center. They are then sprinkled with additional crushed candy canes. This festive cookie is my holiday recipe contribution to PEEPS’ 24 Days of PEEPSONALITY.
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Holiday cookie season is officially here and I’m starting things out with this recipe! I’m also hosting a giveaway at the end of this post! I love baking cookies for friends and family. And for me, the best cookies are stuffed ones. PEEPS® make an especially good stuffing. There are so many flavors, colors and seasonal creations too. When baked, they create a gooey marshmallow center that is spread throughout most of the cookie, as well as pockets of pooled melted sugar coating which have a chewy, caramel-like texture.
For these holiday cookies, I used PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks. Candy cane flavored marshmallow chicks are dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with red glitter. I’ve tried more than a dozen PEEPS® flavors over the years, but these holiday ones are the cutest in my opinion. They are so plump and adorable! The chocolate dipped shell also makes them easier to cut, and adds an extra bit of melted chocolate goodness to the cookies.
To make them a little more colorful, I also sprinkled the tops with crushed candy canes before baking. I’m really thrilled with how these turned out. Even when cooled, the cookies maintain that gooey center, with chewy, melted marshmallow throughout.
To learn more about PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks and other seasonal offerings, and find more 24 Days of PEEPSONALITY recipes, make sure to check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
And from now through Thursday, December 31, you can save 20% off your next purchase, no minimum required, with discount code: SWEETINGS15.
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1¼ cups granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- 8 PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks cut in half (down the middle, so head and body become separated)
- ¼ cup crushed candy cane pieces
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Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed in stand mixer with paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the eggs. Add in the cocoa powder and mix on low speed until completely incorporated.
Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
Using a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop, scoop 8 dough balls onto each baking sheet, spacing them each about 2 inches apart. Flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand.
Place a PEEPS® half in the middle of each dough round. Scoop 1.5 tbsp of cookie dough and put on top of one of the cookies. Using your hands, spread the top dough ball over PEEPS® half until it is completely covered in chocolate cookie dough. Make sure to seal the top cookie dough with the bottom cookie dough. Seal remaining dough balls the same way with the remaining dough.
Gently press about 5-6 chocolate chunks on the surface of each cookie. Sprinkle a heaping ½ tsp crushed candy cane pieces over surface of cookie dough. Bake about 12 minutes until cookies are set and cooked. Let cookies cool directly on baking sheets before removing.
Now onto the giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a variety of PEEPS® and PEEPS & COMPANY® products! To enter, please follow the prompts in the PromoSimple box. Good luck!