Peppermint Bark and Peppermint Bark Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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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 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

½ cup unsalted butter at room temp.

½ cup brown sugar
6 T sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Peppermint Bark-chopped up, about 1 ½ 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

  5. I really want to try making this, but I think I’m running out of time. So many things…so little time! Both look fabulous.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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… 🙂

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Wow Maria it looks great! I'd not heard of peppermint bark untill looking through Christmas recipe's recently, am happy I found it. your cookies look yum too 🙂

    ps Happy Christmas to you & yours!

  14. 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!!).

  15. 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 🙂

  16. Hi! This looks so yummy! I’m not sure whether you’d know the answer or not, but I want to make the peppermint bark alone, and ship to some friends. Would I need to temper the chocolate so that it won’t melt as easy or do you think it would stay intact through the shipping process? Shipping from Kansas to Colorado, so it’s not too far and both places are chilly this time of year!

  17. is there a way to melt the chocolate that does not require a double boiler or a pan over a heat source? e.g. would it work in the microwave… i know that does sometimes. thanks!

  18. I have been drooling over your cookie recipes in all day! I love that you added bark to these cookies. Awesome idea!