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Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

Say that three times fast! With the holidays approaching, I've been wanting to make a twist on my favorite year-round cookie—the chocolate chip cookie. Peppermint is the flavor of the season, and I'm not ashamed to say that I'll gladly get a peppermint latte or pick up those Peppermint Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's during their limited time run. So, I've decided to add some of that candy cane action to some delicious chocolate chip cookies, with a little extra something—Nutella!—for a super rich and chocolately taste.

Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

Here's the recipe for my newest cookie concoction...

Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies
{Makes approx. 4 dozen cookies. Adapted from the Ghiradelli Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe}

You'll need:
2-1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup of Nutella
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli. If you like a sweeter cookie, you can use semisweet chocolate chips.)
1/2 cup crushed candy canes

Here's how:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2. Beat butter and Nutella with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy.

3. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated.

4. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and candy cane pieces.

5. Drop by tablespoon (I used a small ice cream scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheets (I like using Silpat liners).

6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden brown.

Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

Now, the fun part...wrapping up the cookies to give to friends! I love giving homemade treats this time of year, whether at a cookie exchange-type party or just as a "Happy holidays! Here's a sweet treat for you" kind of thing. With some fun paper bags and twine, you've got a pretty little package to hand out. (To prevent any oils from the cookie from showing through the bags, simply cut out a smaller piece of parchment paper to wrap around the cookie before putting it in the paper bags.)

Oh Joy | Chocolate Chip Nutella Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies are best consumed within three days, but are still good for up to one week. You can even freeze some of the dough to save for later when you just want a couple freshly baked cookies. Enjoy!

{Photos by Kimberly Geneviève. Berry baskets from Shop Sweet Lulu, gold foil napkins from Anthropologie.}

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