I always end up with quite a few candy canes during the holidays. This year I bought those mini-candy canes and still had a box of them left! Since I love shortbread, I thought it would be fun to try making some candy cane shortbread. The candy canes in the batter seem to make these bars a little more moist and chewy than your typical shortbread and they are very rich and buttery! Crushed candy canes are mixed into the batter and sprinkled on top. Also on top is a generous drizzle of melted snowy white chocolate. A very Christmasy cookie bar indeed!
WHITE CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE SHORTBREAD by NancyC
Makes a 9 x 13″ pan
- 2 cups (4 sticks) butter, softened (you can use salted or unsalted butter)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 3/4 cup crushed candy canes (measure after crushing them)
White Chocolate Drizzle and Candy Cane Topping
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup crushed candy canes (measure after crushing them)
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 9 x 13″ baking pan with parchment paper (let paper edges extend up sides of pan so you can lift out when the shortbread is done baking).
In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in the salt and peppermint extract, then gradually add in the flour, one cup at a time (dough will be thick).
Mix in the crushed candy canes, incorporating evenly into the dough. Then press cookie dough evenly into your parchment-lined pan.
Bake 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan.
After bars have cooled, top with the White Chocolate Drizzle. To make drizzle, melt white chocolate chips and coconut oil by heating in microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Stop and stir, then heat another 15 seconds, stir, and repeat if needed until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over the entire pan of shortbread–the ingredients make enough for you to do a heavy drizzle, but if you just want a light drizzle, you’ll have extra melted chocolate left over (you can dip some marshmallows or strawberries in it for a quick sweet treat!). Sprinkle crushed candy canes evenly over the shortbread and the white chocolate drizzle.
Let the white chocolate drizzle set, then lift the shortbread out of the pan with the parchment paper edges. Place on cutting board and cut into bars or squares.
These shortbread bars make a nice rich Christmasy snack or dessert. You can’t go wrong with candy canes at Christmas time! What kind of candy cane treats do you like to make?