Make Christmas Cookies…then eat them…

When I moved to the state of Washington I had no idea how many things I loved originated here. Liberty Orchard Aplets and Cotlets are from here. The Cinnabon originated here before it went off and became it’s own company(now out of Atlanta), Starbucks of course…and Almond Roca.
Oh, oh, oh how I LOVE me some Almond Roca. We used to only see it around the holidays at first when we were in Arizona but then slowly through out the years you could get it year round. And though it was still good, it kind of lost it’s specialness because you could get it whenever.
When walking through a Washington Rite Aid one day my head did a 180 when I saw the words Candy Cane Roca. I was a tad skeptical I will admit…toffee and candy canes? But in the name of research, I of course bought some. I went home and had a piece, then another, and another…you get the idea. It got to the point where I am only allowed to buy myself one can a year. That first year I went through many a can. :|
So when I saw that Susan from Food Blogga was hosting a Eat Christmas Cookies event I thought I would make a cookie based on my beloved Christmas time candy treat. A Candy Cane Roca Cookie to go with my hot chocolate. These cookies are meant to be eaten with either hot chocolate or milk for dunking. They are more cripsy and chewy than soft.Though the name would have you think there is Candy Cane Roca in it, there is not…this cookie is simply inspired by that tasty candy. It’s a brown sugar cookie base with milk chocolate toffee bits and crushed candy cane pieces. They really don’t taste like the candy but are just about as addicting. I blew through the whole batch in about 2 days…though in all fairness it was about the only thing I was eating. :P

If you have a Christmas cookie you are wanting to share with the food blogging world be sure to head over to Food Blogga and get all the details.

Candy Cane Roca Cookie

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup Milk Chocolate Toffee Pieces
¼ cup Crushed Candy Cane Pieces

In a mixer attached with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and beat 1 minutes. Scrape down bowl. Add both extracts and beat for 30 seconds.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix on low speed until the ingredients are well combined.
Add toffee and candy cane pieces. Either fold in, or briefly mix to incorporate.
Form into 1 -inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Flatten cookies with the bottom of a greased glass. Don’t press too hard, just enough to flatten the top a little.
Bake 350F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. The cookies will be more crunchy and slightly chewy when they cool. They are not meant to be a soft cookie.


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  1. candy canes in a cookie?? brilliant!! perfect for that Eat Christmas Cookies event :0)

  2. Crunchy, chewy, chocolate-y, and minty–this cookie has got it all! This is a fantastic original recipe, one that I’ll definitely be making for many Christmases to come. Thanks for the fun entry, Peabody! Cheers, Susan.

  3. This just shouts CHRISTMAS COOKIE!

  4. What would make a better Christmas cookie than one with candy canes in it. She shoots, she scores!

  5. Looks sooo good. And so interesting! Love the mint and toffee combo.

    I see a pattern here with the candy canes… ;)

  6. Those look so yummy! I have a question. Can you recommend a stand mixer? I’m looking to buy one, but don’t know which to get.

  7. I’ve never had almond roca cookies, I don’t think! And hey, can’t go wrong with candy canes, right??

  8. You’re on a candy cane roll! These look great

  9. These look delicious! Wish I could try one!

  10. Looks like about perfect there Peabody except I’m not a fan of the chocolate and mint. For some reason, I’d like to try these, they don’t sound like the usual chocolate mint and they really are pretty!

  11. I know it’s that toffee in there that makes me think they might be different than the chocolate mint thing I don’t like.

  12. I haven’t seen the Candy Cane Roca, but you can bet that I’ll be looking for it now! These cookies sound great as well.

  13. I’ve never seen this variation of almond roca – I must try!

    Cookies look SO GOOD.


  14. YUM I love almond roca! great looking cookies!

  15. Yumm!! Lovely, yummy looking cookies! I will try these!

  16. these are WONDERFUL!! Made a double batch today and was so thrilled I went on and doubled it…but might have to make more to have some to give to neighbors, hubby and kids are begging for more!! I finally made them a little smaller so I would have more. Thanks for a great recipe!

  17. these are AMAZING…and so easy…brilliant!

  18. loved ur blog. loved ur pics. loved ur writing!

  19. tried this recipe today – super easy and soo yummy! thanks peabody for a new Christmas tradition!

  20. I made these before Christmas and brought them home to my family and they LOVED THEM. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of unsweetened chocolate and cut the sugar by a cup (my rationale being that I was making up for it with the semi-sweet chocolate) and they still turned out great! I will be making these again tonight for the New Year’s weekend! Thanks Peabody!!

  21. I love the idea of the cookie. And I have had the candy as well…you can only find it at Christmas time. However, I just found out that they do have it on sale on the brown-haley web site. The company that makes the ROCA candy. Yeah, I don’t have to wait till next year.

  22. these cookies look so tasty :-)!!! and I love your pics too!! happy holidays :-)!

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