A few weeks ago, well before Christmas baking season had really begun, we saw a bag of peppermint bark baking pieces at Trader Joe’s. It obviously went into our cart pretty quickly! We waited for a little while to use them, and finally made these cookies. They were very, very good! The peppermint bark pieces had peppermint extract in them, plus candy canes on top, so we didn’t need to add any chopped candy canes to our dough. However, if you make or use peppermint bark pieces without a lot of peppermint flavor, add some chopped candy canes. We added a few more white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips for good measure. Also, we both agree that in the same way chopped Oreos go with peppermint bark (see the post on our blog), they would go well here too!
Peppermint Bark Cookies
Makes about 24
Recipe adapted from The Best New Recipe
2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
About 1 cup peppermint bark pieces (we recommend the ones from Trader Joe’s, but you could make your own by chopping up peppermint bark)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional: Chopped candy canes/Oreos
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven 325°.Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
With electric mixer, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Beat in egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low-speed just until combined. Stir in peppermint bark pieces, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips.
Roll a scant half-cup of dough into a ball place dough onto cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room between each ball. Bake, reversing position of cookie sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft (about 12 minutes). Do not overbake!
Cool cookies on sheets until able to lift without breaking. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!