This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things to do is bake something wonderful for someone else. I love giving the gift of my baking to friends and families all year long and especially during the holiday season.
Did you know psychologists have found that baking for others promotes a sense of well being and benefits the baker as much, if not more, than the recipient? I know it always makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I package up my goodies and send them off.
When I make treats and eats, especially as gifts, I always make sure to use the highest quality ingredients. One of my favorites is Bob’s Red Mill products because I believe their products help make my baked goods shine. Just like me, Bob’s Red Mill believes in making our world a better place through small acts of kindness.
All through preschool my middle daughter had a friend who was very allergic to gluten. Most times when someone brought a special baked treat, she had to have something completely different. Soon after we started at this preschool, I discovered Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. You can literally use it in the same exact amount as you would with wheat flour. I was able to make treats for the whole class with it and she could eat what everyone else ate.
These Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars are made with Bob’s Red Mill organic all purpose flour and came out just beautifully! They are pretty straightforward and easy to make. Plus, you don’t have to roll out any cookies!
For these cookies, I use mint extract instead of peppermint extract. I feel it’s not as overpowering as the peppermint and goes so well with the chocolate.
After making the dough, I don’t like to chill it. I find it’s just easier to press the dough into the pan when it’s still warm. Then, I chill it for about 30 minutes before baking.
These cookies do not rise very much, so I find baking the pan for just 10-12 minutes is perfect to keep them soft and delicious.
Let the pan cool for just a few minutes before flipping it over on wax paper to remove the cookie bars. Then, let them cool completely before frosting.
I make a vanilla mint buttercream to top these Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars. I like to whip it in the electric mixer an extra minute or two to really get it fluffy. Then, I frost the entire top of the cookie bars.
For the actual “peppermint” part of these cookie bars, I love using soft peppermint sticks because they just melt in your mouth. I take about 6 of the old-fashioned soft peppermint sticks and crush them in a plastic zipper bag with a meat tenderizer or sometimes the food processor. I usually do it by hand with the hammer so they are more coarse.
Then, I sprinkle them over the top of the frosting and freeze the bars for 10-15 minutes before cutting into squares.
I’ve found warming my knife in some hot water before slicing the bars up makes these cut just beautifully.
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Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp mint
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3-4 cups powdered sugar
- 3-5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon mint
- 6 Soft Peppermint sticks
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars
- Preheat 350 F degrees.
- Mix sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, cream, and mint together.
- Then in a separate bowl mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with an electric mixer.
- Spray a 9 x 13 inch cookie sheet with baking spray and press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cook for a few minutes before flipping the pan onto wax paper and set aside to cool completely.
- With an electric mixer whip the butter and gradually add in the powdered sugar.
- After the first cup of powdered sugar add 2 tablespoons of cream and the vanilla and mint.
- Then add the powdered sugar and whip until it’s fluffy and creamy.
- Frost the entire cookie bars.
- Take about 6 sticks of soft peppermints and crush with a meat tenderizer hammer or in a food processor. Sprinkle over the top of the frosting.
- Then freeze the bars for 10-15 minutes before cutting into squares.
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What a delicious snack idea. I love peppermint anything, so I am wicked excited to make these for my family this year when I host Christmas dinner.
I hate peppermint, but I know if I make these my family will love me forever. I’m shaking my head at you for creating this. Lol.
I’m not a fan of choc peppermint or peppermint really but my man loves it so I’ll have to whip up a batch just for him – he would be so happy! They do look delicious!
I love that psychologists have said that baking for others can help you feel good. I love the sound of your peppermint cookie bars and I have just spotted your recipe for unicorn ice cream so I am definitely checking that out! x
The perfect treats for Christmas or gift for family and friends! It’s something that I wouldn’t mind making especially since it looks so good and it’s perfect for the occasion.
I’m not a huge peppermint fan, but many of my family members are. I think we may be trying this soon, I’m always looking for new recipes. Thanks it’s perfect for the holidays
These look so good. I love peppermint and chocolate together, and the fact that these are chocolate sugar cookie bars and not brownies…yum!
I really like mint and these look so tasty and like the perfect wintery Christmas treat!
I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint. These bars look so good and satisfying. I would love to make some for our family!
This is a delicious turn from your standard, run of the mill, sugar cookie. I like the idea of adding peppermint and chocolate into the mix!
Yum. Yes please! This looks so delicious. My husband and I have been making all kinds of goodies in the kitchen and I think this would be a great idea!
Baking in general is already so relaxing! It’s nice to share the treats that you made with your family and friends! I love the idea of giving out food during this season! I think it’s something that people can definitely enjoy.
These peppermint bars would make a lovely neighbor gift! I love making sweet treats during this time of year, and this would be a great recipe addition to my list!
These look like the perfect holiday sweet treat!! I can’t wait to give these a try, hopefully I’ll be serving them to all of my guests on Christmas eve!
Mmm these look so good! I’ll have to add them to my list of ideas for Christmas baking. We’re hosting this year so I need some great desserts to serve my family!
I’m going to definitely make these for us. They have all of my favorite holiday treats rolled into one.
This looks and sounds like an amazing recipe! I’ve never used Bob’s Red Mill Flour before. I would love to try making this recipe sometime.
My all time favorite taste profile is chocolate and peppermint. Something about it. Bob’s Red Mill Flour is an outstanding product.
These look amazing! I am a sucker for anything peppermint! I really like the Bob’s red mill brand as well. I buy the gluten free when I am baking for my step mom.
I love Bob’s flour and I use this variety often!!! I LOVE chocolate and peppermint combo!
you had me a cookie! They really look so good! I need to make them!
These cookies look like they are amazing! I really need to try and make these sugar cookie bars.
These look fabulous and I’d love to make these this week! They would be a perfect addition to neighbors plates for the holidays!
I have a small problem when it comes to Chocolate and Peppermint during the holidays, I can’t get enough. I want it in my hot chocolate, peppermint bark, cookies, ice cream, just everything. So you know I will be whipping up a batch of these heavenly delights.
I’m not a huge fan of peppermint but this cookies looks good. I might try making it but without the peppermint. Wonder it will turn out as good?