Copycat Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joes
Serving Size / Yield
- For the chocolate cookies:
- 1 1/4 C. flour
- 1/2 C. unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (I used a very dark Callebaut cocoa)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 C. sugar
- 10 Tbsp. (1 stick + 2 Tbsp.) salted butter
- 1 lg. egg
- For the filling:
- 1/4 C. salted butter (1/2 a stick)
- 1/4 C. vegetable shortening (measure it by filling a pyrex cup to 3/4 cup with water, then adding shortening until the water level reaches 1 cup)
- 2 C. sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1.5 oz. candy canes
In a food processor, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the butter and pulse until it’s incorporated, then add the egg. Preheat the oven to 375. Chill the dough for a few minutes in the refrigerator while your oven is preheating.
Take rounded teaspoons of the batter and form them into balls, placed evenly on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Because these are sandwich cookies, it’s important to make the balls as evenly sized and shaped as possible. With the heel of your hand, flatten each ball slightly — you want them to look like chubby disks.
Bake for 9 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
Crush the candy canes — you want there to be recognizable shards, but nothing too big.
To make the filling, combine the butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and add until combined. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until incorporated. Add the extract, beat until combined, then add your candy cane “dust” and stir until just combined.
To assemble the cookies, try to match up your cookies with a pair of roughly equal size and shape. Place the filling in a pastry bag and, using a 1/2 inch pastry tip, pipe a small blob of filling right in the center of one of your cookies. Using the other half of the sandwich, press the halves together until the filling has spread to the edge, or nearly. Repeat for the remaining sandwiches.