Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

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

Chocolate Fudge Cookies 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 Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream |

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.

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. 😉

Chocolate Fudge Cookies 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 Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream |

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

Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

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


Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (133g) all-purpose flour
  • 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 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 vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup candy cane dust, sifted (about 8-10 candy canes pulverized in a food processor)
  • crushed candy canes for rolling, optional


  1. Begin with 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 degrees F. 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.

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  1. I love that you’re jumping right into holiday-themed desserts with the candy canes! I loooove candy canes and will be fully embracing them after Thanksgiving. That’s when I wave goodbye to pumpkin and say hello to mint and molasses. 🙂

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

  2. 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. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

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