Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark - a layer of eggles sugar cookie dough between white chocolate and topped with crushed candy canes!

Guess what time it is? It’s PEPPERMINT time!! Good-bye Halloween candy, hello candy canes.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark is made with eggless sugar cookie dough, white chocolate, and candy canes!

You guys have no idea how excited I am that it’s time for all things peppermint, gingerbread, and Christmas. This is my favorite time of year for baking…and for everything else too.

This is the time of year I convince myself I need to throw a party. A big one, for all my friends and family. We’ll do it on a Saturday in December and everyone will come and bring food and we’ll play Christmas music and drink wine and cocktails and eat cookies.

And then November hits.

And there are theatre shows and dance shows and birthday parties and family visits and trips and it would take Harry Potter’s magic to clear my schedule enough to be able to plan, host, or even attend my own party. So this year, instead of having a party in real life, I’m having a virtual one. A group of your favorite bloggers and I are joining together to host a Holiday Cocktail Party online, so you can come too!

And this Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark is what I’m bringing to the party. Because (1) everyone likes bark this time of year and (2) it’s cookie dough. DUH.

2014 Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop

When you go to a party, what do you like to bring? I love to bring the dessert (obviously). And I especially love finger-food desserts for holiday parties: cookies, candies, truffles, bark. They’re easy to serve, easy to eat, and I can bring them in a disposable dish so I won’t lose my favorite pie plate or the bottom to my springform pan.

A few years ago I made Sugar Cookie Bark. It’s a recipe that I made for my father-in-law, Mark. He was the one who was so addicted to sugar cookies that I had to make him his own batch every year. I also made different variations of sugar cookies for him at every birthday, like bars or sprinkle cookies. I even dedicated a recipe in my book to him, using sugar cookie dough, like this bark. Mark would have inhaled this bark, faster than I could make it, that’s for sure.

Because everyone loved that sugar cookie bark so much, and because I love sugar cookies with candy canes, and because I’m addicted to bark right now, I decided to make this Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark for the Cocktail Party Hop.

And you need to make it for your next holiday party too!

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark is made with eggless sugar cookie dough, white chocolate, and candy canes!

This candy bark is super easy to make, and you don’t have to worry about dipping anything. That’s what I love about bark – there are no tears from truffle dipping.

You start with white melting chocolate. There are several different brands out there (like Wilton and Plymouth Almond Bark) but my favorite is Candiquik. It tastes the best out of all the brands I’ve tested. You can also use baking chocolate for this (Baker’s and Ghiradelli both have white chocolate bars) but that can get expensive fast, since you need 16 ounces.

You melt half the chocolate and spread it on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Then you add the eggless sugar cookie dough. That’s right – this cookie dough won’t kill you. You make it without eggs (or leavening, for that matter). I rolled mine into a rectangle and chilled it before adding it to the melted chocolate. Then you spread the rest of the chocolate over the top and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. See? Easy-peasy!

One note about “breaking” this bark: I recommend cutting it with a knife with quick, clean cuts. Breaking it like you would break a traditional bark may pull the chocolate layer off the cookie dough layer. So make sure to use a nice sharp knife and cut the chilled bark instead of breaking it.

Then hide it so you don’t eat it all. I’m serious.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark is made with eggless sugar cookie dough, white chocolate, and candy canes!

I ate way too much of this. I was channeling my inner father-in-law. 🙂

Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark

Layer eggless sugar cookie dough between layers of white chocolate and top with candy canes for a Christmas version of sugar cookie bark!


Ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 16 ounces white candy melts or baking chocolate (such as Candiquik)

  • 4 regular size candy canes


Directions:


  1. Cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in vanilla, salt, and slowly add in flour. Mix until combined.

  2. Cover a cutting board with a large piece of wax paper. Place the dough in the center, press it down flat, and cover it with another piece of wax paper. Roll the dough into a rectangle (about 8”x10”) between the two pieces of wax paper. Chill for at least 10 minutes.

  3. Place your candy canes in a quart-sized ziploc bag. Roll with a rolling pin to crush. (Careful, the bag will get tiny holes from the sharp candy canes. It’s best to roll it on a cutting board or cookie sheet to minimize mess.)

  4. Line a cookie sheet with more wax paper. Melt white candy according to package directions. Pour half on the prepared cookie sheet and spread it into a rectangle slightly larger than the dough rectangle.

  5. Place the cookie dough rectangle on top of the white candy. Pour the remaining white candy on top and spread to cover, making sure to meet the edges of the bottom layer to seal the dough inside. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

  6. Chill until set, at least 30 minutes. Instead of breaking, I have better success cutting this bark into wedges so that the chocolate doesn’t come off the cookie dough. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month. Serve at room temperature.


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Check out all the other yumminess at this Holiday Cocktail Party!

Appetizers

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Cocktails & Mocktails

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Desserts & Sweet Treats

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 Other great holiday fare:

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bark

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars

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70 comments

  1. This reminds me of your cookbook! Another happy mashup! Delicious, too. I guess it’s time for peppermint. I just saw the Hershey candy cane kisses at CVS yesterday! Not quite as dangerous as your bark, but still very much a craving!

  2. I’ve never seen anything like this before! That cookie dough layer….omg genius! And with the white chocolate, and the peppermint, holy addictive I bet! I love that you went from pumpkin to cranberries to peppermint in a week or so 🙂 I’m still on berries but need to be making peppermint stuff I guess!

  3. HOLY COW. This looks amazing.

  4. I’m in love with this bark, Dorothy! Peppermint and sugar cookie dough sounds like the ultimate treat. So festive!

  5. I am SO with you on being happy that its gingerbread and candy cane time! Hey, I already posted a mint chocolate recipe last week. COULD NOT WAIT.
    I love bark..and sugar cookies. AND TOGETHER? my Taste buds fell off my head. Pinned!

  6. Funny, just yesterday, I was on your site and read your sugar cookie bark recipe, and then I called my sister to tell her about it!
         Yeah, I’m nuts.
    Anyway, this looks awesome! Bring on the Christmas-y recipes, I am so ready.

  7. Oh my gosh! I love this! Peppermint and white chocolate are my favorite this time of year! The cookie dough layer – genius!!

  8. I need to throw a party just so I can make and share this delicious bark. Yum!

  9. Bring on the peppermint! It looks fantastic!

  10. YESSS!! I am so ready for peppermint and gingerbread. I’m sick of pumpkin. This looks delicious. A great dessert to bring to a party!

  11. So pretty!  Sharing and pinning! 🙂 

  12. Oh Dorothy! You’re such a genius! That sugar cookie dough in the center of the bark is nothing short of fabulous!

  13. Sugar cookie dough = makes everything better. EVERYTHING! Thank you for wowing me yet again. 

  14. Yes, yes, yes, I am totally ready for Peppermint time – well all things Christmas actually! It’s my favourite time to bake too and this bark is to die for!

  15. I am feelin’ ya Dorothy, I just posted a gingerbread cake recipe, it is never too early for Christmas once November hits. I love the look and sound of this bark, I’m just casually imagining the taste, and boy does it taste good! Peppermint is now here to stay!  

  16. Never thought of adding a cookie dough layer– super smart! Can’t wait to try this one- thanks 

  17. cookie dough bark – I need to get on that ASAP, it looks perfect for holiday gifting

  18. Your sugar cookie bark was the first recipe of yours I ever made. Since then I’ve made it about 347 more times. I bought candy canes last week, so I guess I’ll have to make this version, too. Darnshootheck. 

  19. Stahhhhp! This. Looks. Too. Good!! I love everything mint, and the addition of sugar cookie dough is genius!

  20. This bark is so fun and definitely makes me wish it was December right now! I remember I had never seen cookie bark until one of your recipes and I thought that was such a great idea because I can never get my bark to break and still look pretty, haha. I feel like it would be so much easier with cookie dough! 🙂

  21. Was just wondering when it was okay to start posting Christmas recipes… I think you answered my question! Sugar cookies are my favorite and we only make them at Christmas time, which makes them extra special. I love your idea of sandwiching the dough in between two layers of white chocolate and adding candy canes for crunch!

  22. Yay! I am so ready for peppermint, gingerbread and Christmas recipes! It’s my favorite time of year and this peppermint bark is the perfect way to start off the holiday baking! It looks so pretty and festive! Love that sugar cookie dough layer too -perfect dessert mash-up 🙂 Pinning!

  23. This bark is perfect for the holidays and I will be sure to visit some of the blogs on the blog hop. 

  24. Yessss I totally agree! Out with the Halloween, and in with CHRISTMAS BAKING! 😀 Looks great!

  25. My word, I’m totally in love. And I’m definitely already into Christmas baking and peppermint, cranberries, white chocolate, and gingerbread! Definitely adding this to my Christmas baking list!

  26. Oh yes it is time for peppermint! You are a dessert genius!

  27. I’m so glad Halloween is over!! I look forward to starting making my peppermint goodies! Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

  28. I’m so glad It’s finally Christmas recipe season. I will add cinnamon to everything starting now! I personally like to take cookies to parties. Then I don’t have to worry about them being destroyed during transport 🙂

  29. I have the same issue with Christmas parties…every year, there seems to be no time and this year, with a late Thanksgiving, even less! But party or no party, I’m always ready for peppermint goodies!

  30. I love any excuse to use my peppermint extract, but then I got sidetracked by those gorgeous Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars! Yum, yum!!!

  31. Love this!  and I won’t die from the cookie dough 🙂 Win!

  32. These look gorgeous, Dorothy….rich and decadent–perfect for Christmas entertaining.

  33. This is so fun! And gorgeous! 

  34. Oh I love chocolate and peppermint! And this looks so good! I agree that Fall and Winter is the best time of the year for baking. Everything is so delicious!

  35. OMG-love this! I’ve never seen cookie dough with bark before. It sounds delicious!

  36. HOLY WOW! Those look so fabulous! I enjoyed participating in the hop with you, I’m so glad because now I discovered your fabulous blog! YAY! Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. Sugar cookies and peppermint? Sold! 

  38. Oh snap. Such a genius take on bark. Sometimes I just want a little gooey with my peppermint bark and you just hit that craving! Love it! Pinned

  39. This recipe looks delicious! My kids would love it — pinning!

  40. oh my gawd, Dorothy!!! I love this Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark!!! This is what I want to bring to ANY party! freaking brilliant!  

  41. Best Christmas bark ever! Seriously – this looks DIVINE!! I love that there is actual cookie dough in between, you are so creative with your dessert mash ups 🙂

  42. I am so excited for the holiday baking season to finally be here! Bring on the peppermint, eggnog, and all things red and green! I actually have something very similar going up this week too. I love that you layered yours with two times the chocolate. And what a fun hop!!!

  43. Loving the combo of peppermint bark and sugar cookie dough!  So creative and looks delicious!

  44. I am fuhreaking OUT over this recipe! I MUST make it immediately… sugar cookie dough, white chocolate and peppermint? It’s like you’re fluent in my love language. Marry me?

  45. I love this, what a unique combination of seasonal flavors! And that sugar cookie dough, gah, it looks amazing!

  46. This may have already been asked, but would this work to ship somewhere as a gift or does it need to be in the refrigerator?

    • It kind of depends on where you’re shipping it. I’m always wary of sending chocolate in the mail, in case of melting. But if it’s somewhere cold it’ll probably work! The center will be okay, there are no eggs or anything that needs to be refrigerated.

  47. The combo of sugar cookie dough and white chocolate is yummy. Love it. Pinned 

  48. Ah, I like the directions for this cookie bark more than the ones for the patriotic bark. Looks like you refined your technique a little in the intervening year. I would definitely use this method next time. Thanks!

  49. Such a pretty bark! Looking forward to trying this for my work holiday party. Love that it’s super easy but also really special! 

  50. Hey there! I was just curious, as most of my family prefers dark or milk chocolate over white. Will it still taste as good?

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