although not my most impressive dessert, this is one i always crave around the holidays. this is a favorite in my house growing up because it was fun to get the kids involved (i mean, i’m 30 and still have a blast crushing up the peppermint candy canes to sprinkle on top). plus, it cooks more around the edges for folks like me who like their cookies a little burned, and keeps the middle soft for normies who don’t.
weekly bake #8: white chocolate peppermint “cookie bark”
ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup softened butter, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 bag (12 oz) of white chocolate chips, 3/4 cup of crushed peppermint candy canes (use a food processor or have more fun doing it by hand)
time: about 30 minutes
cost: about $10-15
soundtrack: christmas jazz with the stars
1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. in a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. set aside.
2. in a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. beat in egg and vanilla. gradually blend in the dry ingredients. spread onto ungreased cookie sheets so that it creates a pizza-like layer.
3. bake 8 minutes in the preheated oven. then remove and sprinkle white chocolate chips on top, and bake 2 more minutes.
4. remove from oven then sprinkle peppermint on top. let cool then probably eat so much you feel ill.
i warmed this up for a couple minutes before taking to a party and toasted the chocolate a bit (which i enjoy but others probably don’t), so keep “warming” time in mind when planning bake time if that’s a thing you might do too. i also watched two chocolate chips fall from a friend’s bite, making me think maybe i’ll shave the chocolate on top next time. or just make sure people drink more before they try it so they think they’re just being sloppy.
in any case, ’twas a good dish for the holidays, as always. merry christmas, errrrbody!
this recipe was adapted using the sugar cookie recipe from all recipes.com. if you have a better one, i’d love to know about it!