Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars @BakeNQuilt

This shortbread and chocolate bar cookie is an adaptation of an easy recipe I’ve been making since I was a kid.  A brown sugar shortbread dough is quickly stirred together pressed into a jelly-roll pan and then baked until it’s golden brown.  While still hot from the oven, chopped chocolate (or peppermint bark in this case) is sprinkled over the top of the cookie and allowed to melt for a minute or two.  Once it’s softened, the chocolate is spread completely over the top of the cookie, decorated as desired, and allowed to cool until it’s set.  The cookie is simple enough that anyone can make it, but special enough to serve to company.   If you’re not in the mood for peppermint, any flavored or plain chocolate also works well and the cookie can be decorated with sprinkles or chopped nuts.

I’m entering this cookie in The Biscuit Barrel Challenge this month.  The theme is “Quick and Easy” which certainly describes this cookie!

Peppermint Bark Bars
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Serves: 54
 
Brown sugar shortbread cookie topped with a thin layer of melted peppermint bark
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8oz/227g) butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (5.5oz/160g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups (10oz/280g) all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 8oz (227g) chopped peppermint bark
  • 2 Tbsp. smashed peppermint candy
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/177C.
  2. Place butter, sugar, flour, egg and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix until crumbly.
  3. Pat into an ungreased 10 x 15 inch baking pan (jelly-roll).
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped peppermint bark.
  6. Let stand for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate melts, then spread evenly.
  7. Sprinkle with smashed peppermint candy bits.
  8. Let cool, then cut into bars.
Notes
Plain dark chocolate or flavored chocolate, such as mint or orange, is also great in this cookie. The cookie can be topped with sprinkles or chopped nuts instead of the candy if desired.

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One Response to Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

  1. Laura says:

    Oh these are such a good idea. It’s hard to believe how simple but effective these are so thanks so much for entering them into the Biscuit Barrel challenge. I really want to try them now with different chopped sweets sprinkled on top.

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