These peppermint cookie bars perfect for the holidays! An easy Christmas dessert to make, using a sugar cookie mix with homemade frosting and crushed candy canes.
These fun candy cane peppermint cookie bars are so festive and a very easy holiday dessert to make!
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
These cookie bars are not only adorable, they are creamy and delicious, too!
Using store-bought sugar cookie mix, homemade frosting and a topping of crushed candy canes, these bars come together quickly and are perfect for sharing with friends, family and neighbors around the holidays.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
Here's everything you'll need to make these yummy peppermint cookie bars:
- Sugar cookie mix. Sugar cookies are so simple, you could make them from scratch but it saves a little time to just buy a mix. I've found store-bought cookies mixes are absolutely delicious.
- Butter. Salted. And you'll want to make sure it's softened to room temperature.
- Flour. This is needed to firm up the cookie dough just a bit. Enough to form firm yet still soft and chewy bars that don't fall apart.
- Egg. This also works to hold the cookie bars together.
- Butter. Salted and again, be sure its softened.
- Peppermint extract. You don't need much, but this is what will give the buttercream frosting a nice flavor to compliment the candy can crunch.
- Red food coloring. This is optional. If you prefer while frosting, just leave this out.
- Powdered sugar. This sweetens the buttery frosting.
- Milk. This thins out the frosting so it's spreadable but still firms up after it sets.
- Candy canes. You can go with any flavor or color, but keep in mind, the original, classic peppermint is best with the peppermint extract.
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Where can I find candy canes for this recipe?
Candy canes are typically available at most grocery stores during the holiday season. You can find them in the seasonal candy or baking aisle. You can also consider ordering them on amazon year-round.
What size baking pan should I use for these bars?
We recommend using a 9x12 baking pan or a standard baking sheet for this recipe. This size ensures that the bars cook evenly and are of the desired thickness.
Can I make these bars in advance?
Yes, you can make Candy Cane Peppermint Cookie Bars in advance.
They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.
If you want to prepare them even earlier, you can freeze the bars for up to a month.
The dough can also be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days before baking.
What is the best way to crush candy canes for the topping?
To crush candy canes, you can place them in a Ziploc bag and place on a cutting board. Cover with a dish towel then gently crush them with a rolling pin or pound them with a meat tenderizer.
You want them to be small pieces, not a fine powder.
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Candy Cane Cookie Bars
- 1 package Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie mix 1 lb 1.5 oz
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 egg
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 drop red food coloring (optional)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon milk
- ½ cup crushed candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350˚. Stir together cookie mix, butter, flour and egg until dough forms. Transfer and press dough evenly into a greased or lined (with parchment paper) 9x12" baking dish. Bake for about 8-12 minutes or until firm and no longer look wet.Remove from oven, let cool completely then remove the block of cookies and place on a cutting board.
- Using an electric mixer, whip together butter, peppermint extract, and food coloring until fluffed.Slowly mix in powdered sugar and then add milk.Spread frosting onto cooled cookie, and immediately top with crushed candy canes.Carefully cut into 2x3" rectangles.