Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Bars
Hey Pretty Handy Girl readers! It’s Amanda from Domestically Creative and I’m back with another tutorial. This time I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite holiday recipes for Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Bars. Who doesn’t love adding a little bit of peppermint to their chocolate, especially around the holidays?
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies, divided
Instructions for Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Bars
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder. Set that bowl aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugars, extracts and butter. Beat on medium speed until smooth.
- Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well each time until they are fully incorporated into the batter.
- Slowly mix in the flour mixture from step 2. The batter will get very thick and mixing may become tough with a hand mixer.
- Fold in the white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of crushed peppermint candies.
- Spread the cookie batter out onto the baking pan prepared in step 1. Use the back of a spatula or large spoon to smooth out the batter. Again it will be very thick and will not spread so you will need to push it around to get into the corners.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the center is cooked through and the edges are slightly crisp.
- After removing your dark chocolate peppermint cookie bars from the oven, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed peppermint candies on top.
- Let the cookie bars cool before cutting and serving.
Tip: If you’d rather have individual cookies instead of bars, use a cookie dough scoop to make round balls and place those on a baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Note that the cookies do not spread much while baking.
These dark chocolate peppermint cookie bars are one of my favorite recipes to make for the holidays. They are simple to prepare and the subtle peppermint flavor really gets me in a holiday mood! What are your favorite cookie recipes for Christmas?
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I’m Amanda, and I am the creator and voice behind the food and DIY blog, Domestically Creative. What started as a place to share updates with friends and family after we moved from Illinois to Tennessee and then to Texas, turned into a passion for finding creative and frugal ways to feed us and decorate our homes.
I have always had the “make it myself” attitude and I’m not afraid to bust out the power tools or get creative when it comes to decorating our home on a budget. You can usually find me scouring the local thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales looking for my next makeover (like this litter box cabinet), or dreaming up ways to make our new house feel more like home. My most recent project was giving my home office a much needed facelift. Some of the plans included creating a fun inspirational accent wall and adding pegboard to store my craft hoards.
I currently call Missouri home, where I live with my husband, dog, and 2 cats in a pretty dull, late 90’s split level. My husband and I both love to travel the U.S and recently purchased a small travel trailer to tag along in our journeys. In our free time together we can usually be found working together on a home project, exploring a new place, or just lounging with our pup, Delilah.
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