Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mini Candy Cane Cookie Pies

Peppermint packed recipe below
This weekend Joe and I had the fun task of taking down and putting away all of our Christmas decorations.  It's one of my least favorite things to do!  Miles of garland, tangled lights, millions of ornaments are all stowed away until next year and all we have left are candy canes.  LOTS of candy canes!
MMMmmm... Perfectly Peppermint
PLUS a box of the mind-blowing, culinary invention: Candy Cane Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's.  They are sublimely delicious candy cane flavored Oreo-type cookies. 
Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's
Every year I struggle with what to do with the red and white candy treats and always wonder where did they come from anyways.  This year I decided to do a little peppermint research.  According to the Wiki-wizards, candy canes came on the scene in Germany in 1670.  A choir master asked a local candy maker to whip up a treat to keep kids quiet during his Christmas Eve performance.  The "staff" shape is meant to help the children remember the shepherds who cared for baby Jesus.  After that the cane shaped treats took off and became widely associated with the holiday season.
Early image of candy canes (via Wikipedia)
Like egg-nog... there is a point when I cannot handle anymore holiday inspired treats.  So I wanted to have one last peppermint horrah this weekend and use up all of my candy cane flavored goodies in the process. But what to do?
Nutella and peppermint.... awesome combo!
Thanks to one of my favorite blogs Picky-Palate and their devishly delicious looking Oreo and Peanut Butter Layered Baby Lattice Pies recipe -- I came up with a peppermint plan!  MINI CANDY CANE COOKIE PIES!
Look at those layers of chocolate cookie, peppermint cream and Nutella!
Talk about a winning combination: chocolate cookies, peppermint cream and Nutella cradled in flaky pie crust and topped with crunchy peppermint candy!    

First ice the tops of the Candy Cane Cookies with Nutella and make a stack of two cookies
Place cookies in muffin tins lined with 4-inch circles of pie crust

Top with more pie crust and use a fork to seal it together
Brush pies with melted butter and top with crushed candy canes

Peppermint Pie Perfection!

Adapted from Picky-Palate

  • 2 refrigerated 9-inch pie crusts
  • 16 Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe Cookies
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • Candy canes, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Veggie Ham Crescent Wreath ReciDirections

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unroll pie crusts and cut out eight 4-inch rounds and carefully press into muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread Nutella onto each cookie and then stack two on top of each other.  Place cookie stacks into each pie crust. 
  • With remaining dough, cut out 3-inch rounds and place on top of each pie.  Using your fingers or a fork crimp the edges.  Make a small slit on the top of each pie.  
  • Brush melted butter on top of each crust and then top with crushed candy canes.
  • Bake until pie crust is golden, about 25-30 minutes.  ENJOY!
Yield: 8 pies


1 comment:

  1. Great idea for using those leftover candy canes!