25 Days of Baking: Day 2
The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago. Isn’t that unbelievable? They are now one of the most well-known symbols of Christmas and a rather popular treat. This is why I love incorporating them into my baking during the holiday season!
Before I jump into my recipe, how about some more candy cane fun facts?
- Originally, they were straight white sticks of candy.
- It wasn’t until 1670 when the choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral bent the candy into the shape of a shepherd’s cane and placed them in the crèche. As a result, the canes became popular at church ceremonies and were passed out to the children.
- It wasn’t until early 20th century that they acquired their red stripes.
- About 1.2 billion candy canes are made every year.
- There are seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest.
It’s a shame that those children weren’t receiving giant double chocolate chip cookies with the candy canes. Thankfully, I have cookies that children of all ages will enjoy. I tampered with my double chocolate chip cookie recipe. I did this for a couple reasons; the recipe needed some perfecting and I wanted to give it a Christmas-y touch. Mission accomplished.
I present to you Giant Double Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies. Peppermint was the perfect addition to this beloved recipe. The colorful candy bits complimented the oozing chocolate pieces just right. I used a basic drop cookie recipe and the dough can be kept in the fridge if you don’t want to bake them all at once!
Turn up this tune: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”