• Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

    December 20, 2009

    The other day, the lovely ladies of We Are Not Martha featured the most amazing-looking Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies on their blog. I was practically drooling over them, so, obviously, I needed to have them in my life ASAP.

    I had planned to make these cookies for the holiday party that I went to last night, but I completely ran out of time with Mal buying his new toy and all. However, being snowed in all afternoon, I had plenty of time to do some holiday baking today. :-D

    In typical Tina fashion, I failed to read the Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies recipe in its entirety. I actually do this quite often, which means that I have to “wing-it” in the kitchen. But, to be honest, I sort of like the challenge. ;-)

    I made a number of substitutions in the ingredients and method, so I bolded these changes below. My cookies turned out great, but I’d suggest checking out the original recipe, too.

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    Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies
    (My just “wing-it” version)

    Original recipe from Bon Appetite, December 2009

    INGREDIENTS:

    • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup Olivio (I didn’t have butter)
    • 1/4 cup canola oil (and then I ran out of Olivio)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 large egg
    • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies or candy canes (about 3 ounces)
    • 2 ounces white chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with nonstick spray. Mix flour, salt, sugar, butter, oil, vanilla extract, and egg in a large bowl. (I don’t own an electric mixer, so I skipped this step.)

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    Drop dough into prepared baking pan.

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    Using a spatula, press dough to form even layer over bottom of pan.

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    Bake cookie base until light golden brown and slightly puffed and edges begin to come away from sides of pan, about 30 minutes.

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    While the cookie base is baking, chop 4 candy canes into pieces.

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    I used the plastic bag + measuring cup method: put candy canes in a plastic baggie and crush with bottom of measure cup on kitchen countertop.

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    This method worked great. :-D

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    After about 30 minutes, remove pan and place on rack; immediately sprinkle bittersweet chocolate over. Let stand until chocolate softens, about 3 minutes.

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    Mmmmm… chocolate! ;-)

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    Using small offset spatula, spread bittersweet chocolate over top of cookie in thin even layer.

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    Immediately sprinkle chopped peppermint candies over chocolate. (Apparently, I didn’t snap a photo of this step? :oops:)

    Stir white chocolate in medium metal bowl (I used Pyrex) set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.

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    Using fork, drizzle white chocolate all over cookies.

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    Chill in fridge until white chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

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    Using large knife, cut cookie into irregular pieces.

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    These cookies are heavenly! And, don’t they look pretty? Almost gourmet, right? I can’t believe how easy they were to make. If I can make them, anyone can! Definitely give them a try for the holidays!

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    Time to dig my car out of the snow. Blah.

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    { 44 comments… read them below or add one }

    maria December 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    They turned out perfect! Nice job Tina!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    these look awesome!!! thanks so much for sharing ;)

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel December 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Those look fresh from a candy shoppe

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    amanda @ fake ginger December 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Yum, those look awesome. I adore peppermint bark so I definitely need to make those!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Those look SO festive and fun.. yummy!

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    Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Definitely marking this recipe! I tend to do that a lot – read through the recipe halfway and then realize I didn’t note something clearly. Oops!

    I just dug out my car (with only one glove because I couldn’t find the other) Think of it as cardio and maybe it won’t suck so much :)

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    Lynn (The Actors Diet) December 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    quite gorgeous – would make a lovely gift.

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    katelyn December 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    these looks fabulous! i can’t wait to try them.
    good luck digging your car out of the snow. i live in michigan, so i’m bracing myself for a whole winter’s worth of that chore. blech.

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    Lindsey December 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Looks absolutely deilicious!

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    Tamzin December 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    What a pretty and delish looking treat yum! x

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    Kristen December 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    They look so yummy and so FESTIVE!:)

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    Susan December 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Haha I’ve built many “puppy barricades” in my day…and that bark looks majorly yumbo!

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    Fallon December 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Those cookies are so cute! I love peppermint bark, just made a fresh batch last night!

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    Kristine December 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    That looks delicious!! I want to try :)

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    Erin December 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Oh yum! Those might NEED to be made this week! It took me 1.5 hours to dig out my car — oy — so glad there’s nowhere I need to go. :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    These look delish!! :)

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    Janna (Just Flourishing) December 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Yum!!!

    Want to try ASAP!

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    Rebecca December 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Those look so good! I’ll have to try that!

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    Danielle (Coffee Run) December 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    You’re right- they look gourmet! I think my family would love these

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    jenna December 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    wow tina! Those look super yummy:)

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    Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    If baking doesn’t make the Holiday Season the greatest time of the year, then I’m at a loss.
    They look AMAZING!

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    Meg December 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Oooh my goodness – those look AWESOME!

    I’m buried under 24 inches of snow here, yikes!

    Best of luck with the shoveling, enjoy your evening :)

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    amanda December 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Those cookies look soooooo good! I am a huge peppermint/chocolate fan.

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    Carly December 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Looks delicious!!!! Chocolate + Peppermint = Mega YUM

    P.S. How do you NOT have an electric mixer???? Girl, you need to get one ASAP. Contact Kitchen Aid and see how to score one :) I seriously don’t know what I would do without my mixer!

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    Megan December 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I was so excited to see the recipe on We Are Not Martha a few days ago. I am baking them tomorrow for a Cookie Swap tomorrow night!!! Yours look great…I can not wait to bake/try them :)

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    *Andrea* December 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    i just printed this recipe out!!! i have a cookie exchnage on wednesday with my old girl scout troop (annnual tradition since we were 5 years old!) and i am definitely making these!!!

    those beer cupcakes from last night looked great too. tis’ the season to indulge indeed – especially on treats you don’t eat every day :)

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    Light Delight with Tou Tou December 20, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    this is so cool. I like it :-D

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    Katie December 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I almost made the same cookies today! I decided to go for a different bark recipe, but yours look GREAT.

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    Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    oh wow those look awesome! if i wasn’t feeling gorss after eating so many christmas cookies myself today i’d make these right now!

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    Nicole December 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Tina! I’m VERY new to your blog…like 5 minutes new. ;) But what a great post for me to read first! I LOVE peppermint bark, and this looks amazing! Wonderful job.

    I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts. Thanks for putting so much effort into blogging! :)

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    Julie @ Pickley Pear December 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Love the post! I enjoy the documentation of each step. I have to make those cookies. Ironically, I just read the issue of Bon Appetit yesterday, and thought the recipe seemed complicated, but it’s SO not.

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    Karla December 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Yum! That looks great! I love the step by step process shown :)

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    Kathleen December 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I made those last weekend for a potluck! I loved the Bon Appetit recipe the minute I saw it and had to make them. A little rich, but so tasty.

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    Nicole December 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I have just about all of those ingredients in my cabinet I may have to make some, would be a great gift to give!

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    Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 20, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I admire your ability to make such glorious treats. Those suckers would have no chance in my house.

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    Chelsea December 21, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Seriously beautiful-YOM. I love your plate too!

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    Michelle B December 21, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Mmmm, those look fantastic! I am going to give this a try.

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    Niki F December 21, 2009 at 1:45 am

    These look amazing! I can’t make them though, or I’d eat them all myself! Next occasion I need to bring something too, I’ll have to make and take these.

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    Julie @ Pickley Pear December 21, 2009 at 9:13 am
    Meredith (Pursuing Balance) December 21, 2009 at 9:14 am

    They do look gourmet! Now I’m starting to feel torn over which type of Christmas cookies I’m going to bake next . . . yours might be in first place!

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    Jenny December 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Your photos looked so good that I had to make them for myself. And they turned out really well! Brought them into work so that I won’t be tempted to eat the entire container of them, even though I’m afraid I easily could. Addictive!! I think this will become a Christmas favorite! Thanks!

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    Good Taste. Healthy Me. December 22, 2009 at 12:08 am

    These look amazing! I have to make them!

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    Bridget Jopson February 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Yum, this looks super! Cool pictures too :-)

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    Michelle Fedorowicz December 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    just made these for the holidays! I added a little peppermint extract to the white chocolate to make it extra minty!!

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