A layer of holiday frosting and candy bars add a festive touch to these Chocolate Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Bars. These easy cookie bars will disappear in a hurry from your Christmas cookie trays.
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It’s official. I am in full blown “peppermint all the things” mode! Every year about this time I get the urge to add peppermint to every thing I make. Something about cold weather and Christmas music does it to me. Peppermint and eggnog are my two favorite holiday flavors for Christmas, so I hope you are ready for a month of recipes using those flavors.
Of course, I will add a few other things here and there because my family will revolt if I try to peppermint every single treat. They like peppermint, but they are not as nuts over it as I am. Yes, I’m aware that I might be living with aliens.
I made these eggnog sugar cookie bars a few years ago, and since then my poor cookie cutters have been neglected. Call me lazy, but I love that these cookie bars are baked and frosted in the same pan. I am all about easy holiday treats when things get busy with parties and events.
Recently I made these salted caramel chocolate sugar cookie bars, and I thought they would make a delicious holiday treat with a few changes. The cookie layer stayed the same, but I added peppermint to the frosting and chopped up some peppermint bark candy bars to add to the top.
Pink and red sprinkles would have added more color to the top, but my family frowns upon sprinkles, so I left them out. I do not know what is wrong with them. I say sprinkle every thing, but they will brush the sprinkles off if I add them. Aliens for sure!
Here are some easy tips for making these chocolate peppermint bark sugar cookie bars:
- Set your butter out ahead of time. Soft butter is so much easier to beat the sugar into.
- Slowly add the flour mixture until dough forms. It will look crumbly, but keep mixing.
- Press the dough evenly into the pan. I like to line my baking dish with foil because it makes it easier to lift out for cutting.
- Chop the candy bars into small pieces while the cookies are baking. Resist the urge to eat them all!
- Add the peppermint extract carefully. Too much will make your frosting taste like toothpaste, and no one will eat them.
- Make sure your cookie bars are completely cool before spreading the frosting on top. If they are still warm, it will melt the frosting.
- Store the bars in a tightly sealed container, so that they stay soft for days.
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