Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint Bark Cookies

My husband has officially dubbed Sundays as “Bake Day” because I always find myself stuffing the oven with sweet treats and making a mess of our kitchen. Last weekend I had an especially good excuse. My friend Victoria of vmac + cheese organized a cookie swap in which a group of 10 food and lifestyle bloggers made our own holiday cookie recipes. Today we’ll each be sharing all 10 recipes on our blogs.

I wanted to stay on point with the season (natch) and made these yummy and SUPER easy peppermint bark cookies for my contribution to the recipe swap.

Candy Cane Cookies

If you’re really feeling lazy, you can even buy pre-made sugar cookies and top them with dark chocolate and crushed candy canes. Seriously this would take about 10 minutes total.

Here is my recipe:

– 2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
– 1 tspn baking soda
– 1/2 tspn baking powder
– 1 cup butter, softened
– 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
– 1 egg
– 2 bars chocolate (I used Chocolove dark chocolate with peppermint)
– 8 candy canes, crushed

– Preheat oven to 375 degrees
– In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
– In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth.
– Beat in egg and vanilla.
– Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
– Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls
– Place onto ungreased cookie sheets
– Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.
– Cool on wire racks for 10-15 minutes
– While cookies are cooling, place chocolate in a bowl over a sauce pan with 1 inch of boiling water.
– Stir chocolate until melted
– Spoon chocolate over each cookie and use the back of your spoon to smooth out (I used parchment paper under the cookies to avoid a big mess!)
– While chocolate is still warm, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top
– Place cookies in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
– Enjoy!