Chocolate Peppermint Bars

Everybody loves a good cookie bar! These chocolate peppermint bars are sure to please any peppermint and chocolate fanatic. The bars are great for cookie exchanges and as homemade holiday gifts, that’s assuming you don’t gobble them up right away. I love to eat these with a steaming mug of hot cocoa and some candy canes while watching the How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Eve but the are good any old time.

Chocolate Peppermint Bars

Makes 3 dozen bars

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Diamond kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes. peppermint candies, peppermint chunks, or Andes candies. I like to use a mixture for different tastes and textures.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter.

Let there be a 2 inch overhang of foil for easy unmolding.

In a large bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt.

Cream together the butter and the brown sugar until pale and fluffy.

Beat in the egg.

Stir in the peppermint extract.

Slowly stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well combined.

Slowly stir in the chocolate chips and peppermint candies.

Spread dough into pan with a spatula and smooth dough.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Cool chocolate peppermint bars completely on a wire rack in the pan.

Lift up bars using the foil and place onto a cutting board and cut.

Keep in an airtight container with a slice of bread to keep fresh.

 

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