Peppermint Bark Cookie Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 15
 
Picture your very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough without chocolate chips or chunks. Work with me here... We press ¾s of the dough into an 8X10 baking dish and then cover it in chocolate peppermint ganache and then drizzles of white chocolate ganache. The whole lot gets showered in crushed peppermint candies, we throw the remaining bits of dough randomly over the top and then scrape any last drizzle-y bits of both ganaches over the top. Delicious.
Ingredients
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup (120 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • White Chocolate Ganache
  • ½ cup (60 g) white chocolate, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon AmeriColor Bright White (optional; see note above)
  • For the Cookie Dough
  • 10 tablespoons (142 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (210 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1⁄2 cup (96 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (118 ml) sunflower seed oil or other neutral oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) real vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (272 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (136 g) bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • To Garnish
  • ¾ cup (115 g/4 oz) crushed peppermint candies
Instructions
  1. Dark Chocolate Ganache
  2. To make the dark chocolate ganache, in a medium, heat-safe bowl add the dark chocolate, cream and peppermint extract and set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water or let the water boil. Stir frequently until almost melted. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Take off of the heat and stir every couple of minutes to help it cool, stay fluid and thicken.
  3. In another medium, heat-safe bowl add the white chocolate and cream and set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water or let the water boil. Stir frequently until almost melted. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Take off of the heat and stir every couple of minutes to help it cool, stay fluid and thicken. As it cools, stir in the Bright White (if using).
  4. For the Cookie Dough
  5. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 8X10 baking dish and line with parchment paper, letting the excess hang over the sides.
  6. In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium for 4 minutes, or until light and well blended. With the mixer on low, add in the eggs, one at a time, completely mixing the first before adding the second. Take care to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl so that everything is incorporated. Add the oil, milk and vanilla and mix for 1 minute more.
  7. In another medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, bread flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Add this to the butter mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  8. To Assemble
  9. Put ¾s of the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the cooled dark chocolate ganache over the dough, then drizzle the white chocolate over the top; reserve a small bit of dark chocolate and white chocolate. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint over the top. Drop clumps of the remaining ¼ of dough over the top. Drizzle the remaining dark and white chocolate over the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting. To get really clean cuts, place in the fridge for an hour or so before cutting, cleaning the knife between cuts.
Recipe by DisplacedHousewife at https://www.displacedhousewife.com/peppermint-bark-cookie-bars/