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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Peppermint Bark Christmas Cookies

I have one of my favorite cookies of the holiday season!
These Peppermint Bark Christmas Cookies will be the hit of your party.
Hand holding a Christmas cookie

This recipe came from my love of any Ghirardelli chocolate square.

Sad perhaps?

Honestly, I think you should thank me. This cookie recipe is THAT good.

Whenever a holiday rolls around those shiny bags grace the store shelves and just draw me in. Especially at Christmas! And I have a fondness for the Peppermint Bark variety because they aren't "overwhelmingly" filled with peppermint.  Do you know what I mean? The bottom half of the square is covered in milk chocolate and I think that gives it a nice balance.

Christmas cookie alongside Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark on platter

I also wanted to give you guys a great holiday cookie before my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways starts. You know, something to "get you through the madness" of the next twelve days.

Each year I try and develop at least one yummy Christmas cookie, often times two - and here is this year's creation!

It's like a cross between an incredible crispy on the edges, soft in the middle chocolate chip cookie, but with the addition of mild peppermint and white chocolate pieces. Pretty much the best holiday cookie that will grace your table this year!

Christmas Cookies on a wire baking rack

And if I'm being completely honest, my first two batches of these turned out PERFECT.

My last batch, when I was trying to majorly multi-task - making a big batch of soup for dinner and forgetting about my timer that was loudly dinging in the background - got a bit dark.

But still good!

I just fed those to the kids.

Bite taken out of a Christmas Cookies

Look at that bite!

These are definitely going down as a favorite this year. For sure put them on your baking list! If you need other other cookies to make too - here are a few other favorites.


Christmas cookies on a marble platter

I once read in a magazine that the trick to getting cookies looking great for photos is to add more chocolate chips, or in this case peppermint bark, to the tops of the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.

This way you see more of it, it only slightly melts, but yet still holds its shape. Doing this for sure tells people - not just an ordinary chocolate chip cookie here! That's peppermint bark right there folks. It will also make them disappear faster.

So there is that.

Long pin image of peppermint bark christmas cookies

Make these soon!

Perhaps a batch now to test? And most definitely another batch right before your holiday gatherings. If you enjoy them and would be so kind, please leave a star rating on the recipe card below. This helps others see and hear the greatness!

Tis the season friends.

Peppermint Bark Christmas Cookies

Peppermint Bark Christmas Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 13 MinTotal time: 23 Min
This chewy and soft holiday cookie is filled with peppermint bark and chocolate chips. Truly, it will be the best one on this year's holiday platter!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 4.57 oz bags Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer combine the softened butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add in the eggs and extracts until blended.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and flour. Gently add this to the butter mixture until almost incorporated.
  5. Remove the wrappers from one bag of the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares. Add the squares whole into the stand mixer, along with the mini chocolate chips. Do not break up the peppermint bark squares, the mixer will take care of it.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, place 12 cookies onto the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.
  8. Remove from the oven. Take a few more pieces of peppermint bark, break them into pieces and push them into the warm cookies.
  9. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool.

Notes:

You will have some extra peppermint bark squares on hand, a handful will not get used - but that shouldn't be a problem, right?

Nutrition Facts

Calories

149.85

Fat (grams)

5.48

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.21

Carbs (grams)

23.75

Fiber (grams)

0.79

Net carbs

22.96

Sugar (grams)

14.81

Protein (grams)

1.76

Sodium (milligrams)

103.62

Cholesterol (grams)

17.59
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