It has been a hot minute since I have been able to post on this ol blog of mine! I wanted to pop in to share this peppermint chocolate chip cookie bar recipe with you. It is the perfect cookie bar to package up to give as gifts this holiday season, or to enjoy for yourself. What I love about cookie bars is that they require a lot less time of pulling cookies in and out of the oven, and they make a ton. Not only does this cookie bar have candy cane pieces in it, it also has mini chocolate chips and peppermint Oreo’s in it.
The inspiration for this recipe came from simply browsing the isles of Trader Joe’s when I stumbled upon their seasonal candy cane “Joe-Joe’s”. If you have never had them, they are like candy cane flavored Oreo’s and they are amazing!! I knew I not only wanted to enjoy them on their own, but that I also had to add them to some baked goods this year.
If you’ve been following me for some time, you might see a trend that my golden retriever pup named Paso somehow always makes it into my shoots! Don’t worry, she didn’t eat any cookies- she is just always very curious ;)
After testing the recipe, I decided to package some up to give as a gift to my hairdresser. I used one of my favorite Weck jars instead of just putting them on a paper plate. It truly makes for such a yummy and easy gift!
I hope you have a great holiday season! I would love to know if you make this recipe, so be sure to comment below or on my Instagram.
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Recipe
2 sticks salted butter softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup crushed candy cane bits
1 cup candy cane Joe-Joe’s, crushed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray with baking oil, or line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
Cream butter and sugars into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Stir until dough starts to form then stir in chips, candy cane bits and crushed candy cane Joe-Joe’s.
Press into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top and baked through. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve and enjoy!
This recipe was modified from this original recipe.