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Candy Cane White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Happy New Year’s Eve!

If you are like me and staring at mountains of leftover candy canes, you likely at this point are brainstorming ways to use them up before they become a permanent fixture in your home. Personally I am likely to leave them out for at least the next 6 months if I can’t find a use for them, crossing my fingers that some random guest will have a soft spot for candy canes in April. True story. So instead I am finding ways to use them up, like these delicious cookies. Oatmeal, white chocolate, and crushed candy canes join forces to make one delicious cookie for under 100 calories. You could also use dark chocolate in place of the white chocolate depending on what you like.

How are you using up leftover holiday treats?

Candy Cane White Chocolate Cookies
Servings: 36 servings
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutritional Info: 77.9 calories, 10.5g2.2g
of fat, 14.3g of carbohydrates, .6g of fiber, 1.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 *


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 8 candy canes)
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Using a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter, brown sugar, and applesauce using an electric mixer or by hand.
  3. Then add the vanilla extract and egg and mix until well combined. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flours. Mix well.
  4. Fold in the oatmeal. Then when it seems like the dough can barely hold anything else, fold in 1/2 the candy cane and white chocolate. The dough will seem loose, but you will press it together when forming the cookies.
  5. Take the dough and roll about 36 1-inch balls. Place them 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle remaining candy cane pieces on top of the cookies. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, until the edges and bottom start to crisp.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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1 Response to Candy Cane White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Nancy on January 27, 2013

    Made these a few weeks ago, and only got to eat a handful of them because everyone loved them! The only change I made was to use semisweet chocolate chips, because I’m not a big fan of white chocolate. I am planning to bake another few batches this week, 1 batch with each type of chocolate chip. Just FYI – there is no measurement in the recipe for the applesauce. I figured it was 1/4 cup, and they turned out great, so I’m assuming that was correct. Let me know if it isn’t.


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