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Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Desserts on December 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Just so we’re clear. All those Spicy Chocolate Snickerdoodles that disappeared… it wasn’t Rob’s fault. Blame the breastfeeding mama and her group of mom friends. I am making a second batch so Rob can enjoy them, too. They will also come with me to our much anticipated annual cookie exchange. Last year, I made 3 batches of cinnamon snaps to share and swap, and this year, decided to share two different kinds of cookies. In theory, I could simply multiply the recipes but instead, I wanted to #tryallthecookies.

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

The next cookie was an awesome hit. How could you go wrong with chocolate fudge mint cookies?? You can’t. Mint chocolate chips as well as crushed candy canes are on top for extra fun and the cookies are lovely, fudgy and chocolately. These have been a huge hit and I can see these becoming as endearing as World Peace Cookies. Isa‘s description was apt: “They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid they’ve been so desperately wanting.”

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Yup, this recipe is from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s latest cookbook, Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook which focuses on vegan meals for the holidays. Vegan food goddess extraordinaire, her cookbook does not disappoint with over 250 recipes. Each holiday, from New Year’s Day and Chinese New Year to Cinco de Mayo and Hallowe’en, she’s got your holidays covered. I love Isa’s recipes so it is no shock that I love this cookbook, with recipes that are a bit more glam than her last book, Isa Does It (see my review here). If you want recipes to impress (Epic eggplant lasagna, anyone?), this is where I’d turn to first.

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

The recipes are a mix of classics and tradition gone vegan (classic veggie burgers, grilled portobello sandwiches, eggy potato salad, super traditional stuffing, rugelach) but also creative twists (almond churro biscotti, Elvis cupcakes, spaghetti with eyeballs, Monster mash shepherd’s pie, etc). Full course meal plans are available for each holiday but lots of these recipes would be wonderful any time of year. The photographs, courtesy of Vanessa Rees, are gorgeous and make this cookbook special.

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in Canada (sorry my non-Canadian readers). To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me about your plans for the holidays. The winner will be selected at random on January 1, 2017. Good luck!

Recipes from Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook spotted elsewhere:

All the Rugelach

Banana eggnog pancakes

Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Chocolate pecan pie

Classic Moskowitz latkes

Green bean casserole

Epic eggplant lasagna

Peanut butter brownies

Super traditional vegan stuffing

Winter squash cups with wild rice, hazelnuts and cherries

Zomberoni pizza faces

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies
Reprinted with permission from Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook 

Author’s note: Chocolate and minty chocolate with crushed candy canes. These cookies scream “CHRISTMAS” so loud that you might have to tell them to shut up! These are the cookies you bring to the office (or collective artspace) to share with everyone. They are going to be the best thing that happens to anyone this holiday season, even if they get that Cabbage Patch Kid they’ve been so desperately wanting.

1/2 cup refined coconut oil, at room temperature
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, at room temperature
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favourite nondairy milk), at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (3-ounce) peppermint chocolate bars, chopped up
4 crushed-up candy canes (see Tip)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two rimmed baking sheets.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce and milk and mix gently; it might make the oil clump and firm up a bit, but that’s okay. Mix in the vanilla.

3. Add 1 cup of the flour, along with the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Mix in the peppermint chocolate chunks and then add the remaining 1 cup flour and mix until it firms up. You might need to use your hands to get it fully incorporated.

4. Place twelve 1½-tablespoon scoops of dough on each baking sheet, a few inches apart. Flatten slightly with your hand. Place a pinch of crushed candy cane in the center of each and press gently into the surface.

5. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 36 Cookies

Total: 45 Minutes
Active: 25 Minutes


You don’t have to find peppermint chocolate for these, but it’s pretty darn good. Chocolate chips or dark chocolate bars will work, too.

To crush candy canes, place them in a plastic zip-top bag and pound on them with something heavy (a hammer maybe?) until they are in pieces that are no bigger than ½ inch.

Candy Cane Cookie photo credit: Vanessa Rees

Excerpted from the book THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOK by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Copyright © 2016 by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest period begins Saturday, December 17, 2016 and ends Sunday, January 1, 2017. For American and Canadian residents only. Approximate retail value US$32. Enter by writing a comment answering the prompt for a chance to win.  Entrants must supply a valid email address. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours.

  1. I’m planning on spending Christmas with my family, and then I have the entire week between then and New Years off from work! I’m going to take time to read, clean, and do a lot of yoga.

  2. We are spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our kids, grandkids, my mom and sister and her family. We are hoping to have a relaxing few days with everyone.

  3. Isa writes fantastic cookbooks. As a lover of chocolate and peppermint, I have to say these sound, and look, amazing!

  4. We have no holiday plans, the first time in years!!! We are going to see friends and family and enjoy a stress free break!

  5. No super exciting plans for me. Just spending time at home with my family

  6. Thanks for hosting the giveaway; this sounds like a really neat cookbook. Our holiday plans include hanging out with friends, spending time as a family watching Abbott & Costello movies, and planning for next month (school starting again, college classes, various events, etc). My husband is actually out to lunch with our two oldest today, planning for 2017 objectives.

  7. I’m going out of province to visit my family. And I plan to crack open my Joy of Vegan Baking book and make lots of cookies 🙂

  8. This look amazing!! We are going to see the fam in O-town and hoping to hang with you guys xo

  9. no plans. just hang with the pups as usual.

  10. I haven’t had a candy cane in forever, but I might have to get some just for these cookies! I’m sure the cookies are great even without it, but really, the melty candy cane bits on your pics are just too awesome, and I want some too!

    As for my plans for the holidays: a lot of cooking and baking (I’m not hosting any party, but as the only vegan around, I have to bring my food everywhere I go, and I like to make enough for everyone: it’s fun to share fantastic vegan dishes! I’m also planning on making a few edible gifts), and celebrating with our families. This year, we’re taking it a little easier: we’re doing Christmas in my family, and New Year’s Eve in my husband’s family. I’m hoping it’ll be a lot less exhausting, and thus more enjoyable, than the mad rush from place to place in order to do both in both our families, as we did in years past.

  11. As long as the weather co-operates, I’ll be heading over to my parents’ place for Christmas dinner. Then, I’m hoping for a peaceful, relaxing Christmas week.

  12. I find my Isa cookbooks are the ones that I use the most – this one looks fun!

    I plan to relax over the holidays, as well as visit my parents.

  13. These look so good!

    I have very low-key holiday plans. Chinese food and a movie with my parents on Christmas, then hanging with a friend at home for New Year’s Eve. I’m excited about just relaxing.

  14. This book looks like so much fun! My holiday plans are pretty low-key: hanging out with family, trying new dishes, playing board games…lots of fun stuff!

  15. Great contest – sounds like an awesome book! This Christmas we are staying home, and having a Chinese take-out + movie night on Christmas Eve, then spending Christmas Day with friends.

  16. This sounds like a great cookbook! Vegan holiday cooking is more difficult when your trying to please the carnivores at the table with a vegan dish! We’re having a quiet Christmas as most family is out of town, gift opening, snacks, and dinner with games after.

  17. Normally I don’t enter contests but I just LOVE Isa’s books! I don’t know how this one flew under my radar… My holiday plans are the same every year. A quiet day with just a few members of my family (human and furry) and baking. Lot’s and Lot’s of baking 🙂

  18. I am doing very little over the holidays except for make treats! I have already made this recipe for Candy Cane Fudge Cookies twice – once at home with my stepdaughter and another batch went into the office with me on our last day before the break. 🙂

    (And, finally, an online contest for Candians!!)

  19. Just relaxing, and eating lots of yummy food!

  20. I’m always looking for ways to finish up leftover candy. And I have a ton of candy canes in the pantry. This recipe looks great. Thanks.

  21. My post-holiday plans definitely include using up my leftover candy canes with a big batch of these! Yumm

  22. These look great! I have lots of candy canes on the Christmas tree ready to be repurposed!

  23. Our family’s tradition is going Florida every year for the holidays

  24. […] a hit of protein in the dessert. My mom’s suggestion to sprinkle with some of the leftover crushed candy canes was spot on and perfect for the Christmas holidays. Thanks […]

  25. […] pie for Thanksgiving, before I ever mentioned the cookbook. My mom also made the log cake from Superfun Times Vegan Holiday cookbook, so there were tons of dessert options. Rob, P and I enjoyed the fancy lentil loaf and everyone […]

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