Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

Could anything taste more like Christmas? These are the best flavors of the season in a single bite. It’s as if Santa came down the chimney to discover that a steaming cup of cocoa was waiting for him, along with a candy cane to stir it up.

Recipe from The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 by Gourmet Magazine/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

Chocolate Peppermint Bar Cookies

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    1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) 1 large egg
    1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
    1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup coarsely crushed peppermint hard candies (1/4 pound)
    1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened


    Prep: 25 min Total:
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      Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan with 1 sheet of foil, allowing 2 inches of foil to hang over each end of pan, and butter foil (except overhang).

    • 2

      Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg until combined. Reduce speed to low, then mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and candy. Spread dough evenly in pan and bake until puffed and beginning to pull away from sides of pan, about 20 minutes.

    • 3

      Cool completely in pan on a rack, then, lifting with foil, transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars and lift off foil with a spatula.


    The bars keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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