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Two Peas and Their Pod: Peppermint Bark and Peppermint Bark Cookies

Friday, December 19, 2008

Peppermint Bark and Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint bark is a great gift to give out during the holidays. Most people don't think about making it, but it is so easy and TONS cheaper than the store bought stuff. (not mentioning any names, but come on Williams Sonoma, your bark is good, but not worth that much, oops, I mentioned their name.) So try this recipe. It doesn't take long for the bark to set up and when it is done you can just break it into pieces.

I had leftover bark so I decided to bake cookies with the extra pieces. I used a basic chocolate chip recipe and threw in the bark. They were really tasty!! The peppermint bark added a nice crunch and was quite refreshing at the same time! I think
I will make these every year!

Peppermint Bark

Adapted from Use Real Butter

1 lb dark chocolate, chopped

1 lb white chocolate, chopped
A drop of peppermint oil
12 peppermint candy canes, crushed (about 1 cup)

Melt the dark chocolate and pour onto a jelly roll pan lined with aluminum foil or a silpat. Spread evenly to desired thickness. Place in refrigerator to harden. Sift peppermint candy to separate the large chunks from the peppermi

nt sand. Melt the white chocolate. Stir in peppermint oil. Make sure it is only a drop. That stuff is strong!

When cooled, fold the peppermint sand into the white chocolate taking care not to overmix (and getting pink chocolate instead). Remove dark chocolate from the refrigerator and spread the white chocolate on top. Sprinkle the peppermint chunks evenly over the white chocolate and gently press the pieces into the layer. Refrigerate until hardened. Break the bark into pieces.

Peppermint Bark Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp.

1/2 cup brown sugar
6 T sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Peppermint Bark-chopped up, about 1 1/2 cups

Sift the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth. (I recommend using a Kitchenaid Mixer for this.) Add the egg and vanilla and beat on low speed until well blended. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Add in the chopped up peppermint bark.

Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat! (I use a silpat, they are the best.) Bake the cookies 2 inches apart for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a minute and transfer to a cooling rack.

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Blogger Erica said...

I LOVE Williams Sonoma but all of their food products are so expensive. I just got their Pumpkin Pecan Butter- it was so worth the money- yummmmm. Your bark looks great! What a fun gift!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

I agree with you on Williams Sonoma they need more discount sales or coupons or something! I'm making the bark for sure next year love how simple it is to make!

6:45 AM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

another big batch of cookies!!!! You're genius!!!!!~~~~~

7:00 AM  
Blogger Rach said...

I've made peppermint bark, but never w/the peppermint oil- and this is on my list of things to make this year, so I'm really excited to add that in. Thanks!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

ooh, peppermint bark :) and cookies with it, i love that idea!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I love Williams Sonoma peppermint bark but it'd be even better to make my own! This looks great.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

I love how skinny those cookies are. And I love that pic of them with the black background!

8:38 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

What a yummy post! I want both! :) Great idea to use the bark in your cookie. Must be delightful!

8:59 AM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

I spend so much money at Williams Sonoma..they need to have a frequent buyers club or something. Give back to all us dedicated shoppers.
Hey, I have been meaning to ask you, how is the new camera?

9:06 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Oh! I'll be the cookies were delicious! :)

9:23 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I really want to try making this, but I think I'm running out of time. So many little time! Both look fabulous.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I am with you on this one. It is so easy to make! It looks delicious and those cookies sound awesome. The crinkles too. Man, I wish I would've received a cookie plate from you!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I made peppermint bark for the first time this year, and now I can't believe that I ever used to give Williams-Sonoma -- OOOOPS, I said it too! -- $26 bucks for a relatively small tin of the stuff. Yours looks perfect! And what a brilliant idea to use some of it in cookies! I am totally going to try them!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

what a delightful cookies!!! the bark made it so special for this holiday season... btw, i love the crinkles and the peppermint ice cream sounds so divine... :)

10:41 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

The cookies look amazing...I would love to dip one (or five) in a glass of milk right now.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I've never seen a recipe for the peppermint bark cookies...awesome! Thanks!

11:12 AM  
Blogger Suburban Monkey said...

I looove pep bark. My mom just made some last week and i gobbled it all up! hope you guys are havin fun!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Peppermint bark cookies? What an awesome idea! I'm with you on the W.S. prices. Waaay to much.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Those peppermint bark cookies sound delicious! I like cookies with a crunch. :)

1:49 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Love the peppermint bark. Definitely one of my favorites.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh wow I've always wanted to make peppermint bark but never knew how, thanks for this wonderful recipe!

As a DIY bride-to-be ever since my fiance proposed to me with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring form I would love to make peppermint bark and the cookies for all our wedding guests now!

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Both your bark and your cookies are so pretty and festive looking.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Well done, Maria, your cookies look and sound divine.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Peppermint bark IN cookies? You are a genius, Maria :)

6:59 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I wish I could have peppermint all the time. Well I guess I do, I have mint tea all the time. But something about this bark is just so good.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Cristine said...

What a great idea to use the leftover bark in cookies! YUM!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love that picture of the stack of cookies. I feel like knocking them over like dominos.

The bark looks fab!

2:55 AM  
Blogger grace said...

i enjoy peppermint bark so much, there's no way there'd ever be enough left to go into cookies! awesome recipes and pictures, maria. awesome.

12:03 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are going peppermint bark crazy!

7:15 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Sounds delicious and looks beautiful! What a fantastic idea to make cookies out of the leftovers (it's amazing to me that you even had any leftovers!!).

5:59 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

It's a good thing Christmas decorations aren't made of these because the tree would be bare.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

You're right, that does look super easy. You should sell yours for a few bucks cheaper than those 'name' stores :)

Did you know peppermint helps settle your stomach? I wonder if that will combat any bark over eating :)

10:09 AM  
Blogger test it comm said...

That peppermint bark looks good and I like the idea of peppermint bark cookies.

5:51 PM  

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