Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

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. 😀

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. 😀

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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.

45 Comments

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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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