Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

Rich, fudgy chocolate cookies stuffed with candy cane buttercream. A festive favorite!

stack of 2 chocolate fudge sandwich cookies filled with candy cane buttercream

I have a confession. I bought 3 huge boxes of candy canes and am using them in recipes left and right. Hopefully you love candy canes as much as I do? Right?


chocolate fudge sandwich cookies filled with candy cane buttercream on a silpat baking mat

What we have here today is a fudgy chocolate cookie sandwich stuffed with candy cane buttercream in the center.

What is candy cane buttercream? Glad you asked.

spreading candy cane buttercream onto a chocolate cookie

The delightfully festive buttercream starts just as any basic vanilla buttercream – butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and a touch of milk. I use this classic recipe anytime I want a vanilla frosting.

Simply grind up some candy canes and sift the candy cane “dust” into the vanilla buttercream. The dust gives the buttercream just enough peppermint flavor and a charming light pink hue, which I think is gorgeous paired with the dark chocolate cookies! I love a pretty cookie.

Confession. I ate some leftover candy cane “dust bunnies” with a spoon ->  minty powdery perfection! Candy cane dust will be the loudest, but sweetest thing you’ll food processor will ever make. 😉

stack of chocolate fudge sandwich cookies filled with candy cane buttercream

The cookies themselves are worth writing home about. They have cocoa powder, rich melted chocolate, and mini chocolate chips in the dough – a triple chocolate threat. Would you have it any other way? The cookies are rich and dense, just like brownies. My version of a “brookie” – the brownie cookie. This cookie dough recipe is same recipe I used for my York Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies and it never fails.

The cookies are a chocoholics pure dream and the perfect “bread” for the minty candy cane buttercream. The absolute best part of these cookies is that they stand the true cookie test – remaining soft, even the next day. To keep the frosting fresh, be sure to store your extras in the refrigerator. If you have any extras, that is. {we didn’t} 😉

My intense fudgy cookies aren’t for the faint of heart and do require a few steps. For a short cut, try using my Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies instead! Cake mix short-cut, I’m all about those sometimes.

chocolate fudge sandwich cookies filled with candy cane buttercream on a white plate

You and your family are going to just love these cookie sandwiches this holiday season!

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chocolate fudge sandwich cookies filled with candy cane buttercream on a white plate

Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 24 sandwich cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Rich, fudgy chocolate cookies stuffed with candy cane buttercream. A festive favorite!


Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (133g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I use 1 package Baker’s Semi Sweet chocolate)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (180g) mini chocolate chips

Candy Cane Buttercream Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 and 1/2 – 3 cups (300-360g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 Tablespoons (15-30ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup candy cane dust, sifted (about 810 candy canes pulverized in a food processor)
  • optional: crushed candy canes for rolling


  1. Make the cookies: Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Continue to melt in 30 second increments until fully melted and smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside. With an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides every 10 seconds or so. The mixture will be granular.
  3. Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Do not overmix at any point in this process.
  4. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into a slightly flattened ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.
  5. As the cookies cool, make the buttercream: Beat the butter for 1 minute with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of sifted powdered sugar and slowly mix on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 1 Tablespoon of cream/milk. Beat for about 1 minute. Manually stir in candy cane dust. If your buttercream needs to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk/cream. If frosting is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.
  6. Frost the bottom end of a cooled cookie and top with another to make a sandwich. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Keywords: chocolate fudge cookies with candy cane buttercream, chocolate fudge cookie sandwiches


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  1. i cannot get enough mint and molasses! although i do have a pumpkin recipe next!!! Thanks Liz, as always xo

    1. Can you not use the melted chocolate and just use the semi-sweer chips

  2. Blog is the New Black says:

    Looks insanely delicious, and tomorrow I was planning on making fudgy brownies with almost this exact frosting! YUM!

    1. can’t wait to see your brownies!! 🙂

  3. I love this cookie recipe…they were SO dense and fudgy when I made them. Can’t wait to try the buttercream with them next time! 🙂

    1. so glad that you made the cookies before – they are SO good with the buttercream Ikhlas!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Ohmigosh. I want to lick my screen. That buttercream….yum. I need to make it, like, yesterday.

  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Fudgy cookies! And that purty buttercream?! Yes!

  6. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    I looooove putting candy canes in my food processor. I use the leftovers in my coffee. 🙂 And this buttercream? Swoon. I am all.about peppermint. And stuffed in between chocolate cookies?!?!? You are the best!

    1. Ashley! i am obsessed with your idea – the dust in my coffee!! I never thought of that! ok, doing that this weekend!!!

  7. I love how buttercream is a blank slate for any flavor imaginable! Your peppermint version sounds divine!

    1. hi Loretta! you’re right – it IS a blank slate for practically any flavor! I’m thinking of a dark chocolate buttercream next 🙂

  8. These are brilliant! They started randomly selling candy canes in July here in Bangkok (perhaps someone was confused?), but now I can’t find them! Fingers crossed that the stores figure out it’s time in the next couple weeks!

    1. candy canes in July?? i don’t think i would complain! i hope they pop up again soon though Jess!

  9. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker says:

    Oh man, you just made my night with these cookies! They are the perfect PMS cure all.

    1. HAHAHAHHA yes!!!! exactly, Nicole – these should be made once per month. 😉

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Candy cane buttercream?! Yeah, I could swim in that. And bathe in that. And sleep in that. And then eat it all of course.

    1. Chung-Ah! You and I alike my friend. and i’m seeing your link for the lightened up pumpkin donuts – i am literally posting “lightened up pumpkin bars” on Sunday! we are practically the same girl 🙂

  11. i’ve been baking left and right with candy canes! lol

    1. candy cane white chocolate pretzels? those sound SO good! throw them in cookies 🙂

  12. Chocolate and peppermint screams Christmas! These are making me really excited for the holidays. They remind me of a sandwich cookie that my grandmother used to make, except hers weren’t as pretty (don’t tell her I said that!). And I think you are awesome for creating a new word-brookie! Haha love it!

    1. i like your grandmother’s thinking Elaine! I won’t tell her though 😉

  13. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    Chocolate + mint is one of my favorite combinations, so I know i’d love these! they look just wonderful, especially that candy cane buttercream. YUM! Wish you lived closer so I could volunteer myself as a taste-tester… =)

  14. The Witch's Kitchen says:


    these look dangerous!

    to my diet…


    1. a lot of my recipes this week have been dangerous t omy diet! i have a healthy one coming next 😉

  15. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Oh em gee. Candy cane buttercream–I don’t think it gets better than that! I love candy canes–the perfect low-cal treat this time of year. However, I wouldn’t mind sacrificing a few for these cookie sammies. They’re beautiful and look SO delish!

    1. Do you think they make a candy cane chocolate pop tart Hayley?? Because umm – we can combine forces and make one serious fudge. 🙂

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    Candy cane dust…I must try that asap. This buttercream is amazing!

  17. Ho-ly cow. I’m actually not a huge fan of candy canes but omg you have totally sold me on these!! I’d be all over the triple chocolate cookies and the peppermint buttercream actually sounds like it would be just the perfect sandwich material 🙂 And the color scheme is super cute!!

    1. i think this buttercream frosting would quickly turn you into a candy cane fan Erika! And the cookies are killer just by themselves! i hope you’re having a good weekend girl! I’m checking out your red velvet pancakes now!

  18. I love your receipes. They are always so inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing all that you do.

  19. Your receipes always are so inspiring to me. I am so making these for the christmas holiday. Do they keep well?

    1. Hi Dina! They do keep well – store them covered in the refrigerator. they keep up to 5 days.

  20. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    Those cookies look like BROWNIES!!! Can you just bake for me the whole holiday season? I would like everyone in my life to give me the gift of you living in my house baking cookies. Let’s make that happen.

  21. It’s always bad news for me when I’m on here reading your blog at midnight =). I makes me want to get off my butt and bake all this deliciousness and stuff myself silly. Gorgeous pics, as always!

    1. Jaclyn! Anytime of day I visit Cooking Classy, I immediately have cravings for chocolate, buttercream, pumpkin, or pasta lol!

  22. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    They look so perfect for the holidays! The combo of chocolate + peppermint is always a win and love how thick the frosting layer is. True sandwich cookies – sandwiches made w/ frosting are the best kind 🙂

    1. Thank you miss Averie! I agree – frosting sandwiches are only the very best. You have to tell me all about Barbados when you get back!

  23. I’m glad Laura! I am all of a sudden in the holiday spirit as well! Can’t wait to see what you bake this season 🙂

  24. I believe that these cookies are what dessert dreams are made of! That buttercream is gorgeous and I can think of about 100 uses for it! Very festive and beautiful cookies, Sally!

  25. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:

    Shame on you for holding out on us, Sally! 🙂

    I’m completely candy cane obsessed by the way. I’ve never cooked with them though. I can’t wait to make these cookies!!

  26. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    Holy cow. These look incredible! I don’t usually like candy canes but these I’d definitely eat. Candy canes and similar kinds of candy don’t exist here but maybe a chocolate mint version would work. With chocolate sprinkles on the side! Yeah. 🙂

  27. Becky @ Olives n Wine says:

    These look amazing – I love holiday-themed baking! I am going to leave all of the baking to my husband’s grandmother this weekend but I will be making a cheeseball for a Thanksgiving appetizer because we all need to consume extra calories before the big meal 🙂

    1. ok i secretly LOVE cheeseballs! my friend made an outstanding one for a halloween party last month in the shape of a pumpkin! and leave the cooking to someone else… that is what I am doing!

  28. I made these a few weeks ago. #1, my family and coworkers devoured them within hours. Some said they were the best thing I’ve ever made, and I’d like to think I’m a pretty well-seasoned baker. #2, the buttercream… deadly. I was eating it by the spoonful. Keep posting, not like I need to tell you twice. I love your recipes and your posts are fun to read. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Erin! Wow, this comment MADE my night. Because this candy cane buttercream is, by far, the BEST buttercream i’ve ever ever had. The flavor – it’s so sweet and minty and perfect. And so creamy! And easy to make. I am SO glad you enjoyed these cookies and that your coworkers loved them too! Thank you so much for reporting back – that really, really means a lot to me!

  29. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    Sally!!! I made a modified version of the cookie part of these last night and my husband took one bite and said “These are the best cookies you’ve ever made”. They came out sooooo amazing, and now I realllllly can’t wait to take more of your recipes to my kitchen. I knew they’d be good from your blog posts, but I was totally impressed!

    1. Omg that is SO cool! I’m glad you made these – even a modified version! I can’t wait to see them if you post them Ari! Let me know if you make any other recipes of mine. Glad you were impressed with these – I LOVE the super decadent chocolate cookies here.

  30. These were amazing! I wanted a new cookie to bake for my school’s Secret Santa, and I thought these would be perfect. And they were! Only, we had a snow day on the last day (when I was going to bring in the cookies). This meant my family got to eat them, instead, and they thoroughly enjoyed them. Now that my Christmas vacation is almost done, I’ll be making them once again. Thanks so much for posting and sharing.

    1. Thanks for coming back and letting me know, Annika! I haven’t made these cookies again since November. And I think that needs to change. I’m glad you got stuck eating them all with your family. 🙂 Lucky you!

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