Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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.


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

Original recipe from Bon Appetite, December 2009


  • 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


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.)


Drop dough into prepared baking pan.


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



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


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


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. 😀


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


Mmmmm… chocolate! 😉

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




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.



Using fork, drizzle white chocolate all over cookies.


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


Using large knife, cut cookie into irregular pieces.



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!


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



  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. 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. 🙂

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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! 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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

  13. I love to eat the chocolate peppermint bark cookies. But i do not How to bake them than i follow your Blog and get all the tips to bake it thnaks.

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