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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars – Sugar Cookies in the form of a bar.  Thick, chewy, and full of peppermint chips.  Topped with a butter cream frosting and more peppermint shavings!

Welcome to Day Four of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I am a sucker for anything with mint this time of year.  I had to kind of hold back, I had 4 or 5 mint treats I wanted to make to share with you this year.  Seemed a little like overkill, so I mixed it up.  But no worries, those ideas will come another time! A few years ago I made sugar cookie bars for the first time.  They are like a super thick sugar cookie, with no rolling or cutting of the dough.  Super easy and so good!  Since my family loves sugar cookies, I thought why not dress that recipe up for Christmas.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars - Sugar Cookies with lots of peppermint flavor, in the form of a bar.

The key to making these peppermint sugar cookie bars irresistible, is to slightly under bake them.  That is the key to most brownies and cookies, but here it makes a big difference.  Because these bars are so dense, they can go from chewy and delicious to dry and crumbly very quickly.  So best to error on the side of caution!  I used a bag of the Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips in these bars.  For the topping I very finely chopped the white chocolate peppermint Hershey’ Kisses.  But you could use more of the baking chips, crushed candy canes, or even just some festive sprinkles.  No matter what you do, these bars will be amazing and sure to please your guests this holiday season.

Yield: 24

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars - Sugar Cookies in the form of a bar. Thick, chewy, and full of peppermint chips. Topped with a butter cream frosting and more peppermint shavings!

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars - Sugar Cookies in the form of a bar. Thick, chewy, and full of peppermint chips. Topped with a butter cream frosting and more peppermint shavings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bars
  • 1 cup butter, , softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (10 oz) package Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips
  • Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, , softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, (approximately)
  • 1/3 cup milk, (approximately)

Topping

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped candy cane Kisses
  • Read more at https://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/sugar-cookie-bars/#6bl0Dd4EfBVIGl5P.99

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 in pan with foil. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In an electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg. Stir in vanilla. In another bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture, until just combined. Fold in the peppermint crunch baking chips.
  3. Spread the dough into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, a tester should come out clean.
  4. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the frosting cream the butter until fluffy. Add vanilla, milk, and 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar to get to the right consistency. You might have to adjust the milk or powdered sugar to make it spreadable.
  6. Spread over the cooled bars. Sprinkle the chopped candy cane kisses over the bars.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

24 Servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 429Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 73mgSodium 277mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 1gSugar 40gProtein 4g

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Donna

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I'll try that. Thank you.

Donna

Monday 16th of December 2019

I tried this twice and am having a problem. The center does not bake evenly. double checked oven temperature with a laser thermometer and checked the center with a toothpick which came out clean. The center 4 rows came out doughy and somewhat raw. Any suggestions?

Erin S

Monday 16th of December 2019

Donna, I am sorry these are giving you troubles. It seems like you have a hot spot in your oven. If the center is done, then I think you need to try rotating them part way through the cooking time. You could try testing with a toothpick in multiple locations and rotate and move around the oven accordingly.

Mindy

Thursday 1st of January 2015

We made these over the holiday, they were refreshing and a big hit.

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

Thursday 18th of December 2014

so festive!!

Liz

Thursday 18th of December 2014

Oh, I love these bars, Erin! A peppermint treat is a must at our house for Christmas, and yours look divine!

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