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This delicious peppermint sugar cookie dough bark is so cute with the crushed peppermints on top. It is the Epitome of festivity, with a little bit of candy crunch!
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Christmas Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark
This bark recipe is the perfect mix of two classic holiday flavors: peppermint and sugar cookie dough. Bark is seriously the most amazing dessert for the Holidays- I would argue even better than cookies! It is so easy to gift and store for a while and won’t get stale like a cookie.
- Butter- Softened and unsalted.
- Suger- Granulated.
- Vanilla extract- Natural is best!
- All-purpose flour
- White candy melts- You can also use baking chocolate such as Candiquik.
- Candy canes- Regular sized.
How to Make Sugar Cookie Dough Bark
- Make the dough: Cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Then, mix in vanilla, salt, and slowly add in the flour. Mix thouroughly until combined.
- Roll out dough: Cover a cutting board with a large piece of wax paper. Place the dough in the center and press it down flat. Then, cover it with another piece of wax paper. Roll the dough into a rectangle (about 8”x10”) between the two pieces of wax paper and chill for at least 10 minutes.
- Crush candy canes: Place your candy canes in a quart-sized Ziploc bag with a little bit of room left. Roll the bags with a rolling pin to crush the candy inside (be careful during this process, 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 any mess.)
- Melt the candy: Line a cookie sheet with more wax paper and set aside. Then, melt the 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.
- Cover the dough with white candy: Place the cookie dough rectangle on top of the white candy. Then, pour the remaining white candy on top and spread to full cover the entirety of the dough. Make sure you meet the edges of the bottom layer to seal the dough inside. To put on the finishing touch, sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
- Set and serve: Chill the peppermint sugar cookie dough bark until set for 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. The best way to do this is on a large cutting board with a big knife. Please take caution when cutting up the bark! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to one month. Serve at room temperature.
One of the most important parts of making any bark is making sure it has enough time to set so all the layer stick together accordingly. This is a step you don’t want to skimp on!
Usually when making bark I lightly crush it in a bag to break it up into pieces but I find that this bark works better when sliced up. Use a large Chef’s knife and apply some pressure with the heel of you hand. It should slice rather easily!
You can store peppermint sugar cookie dough bark in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Peppermint sugar cookie dough bark can definitely be frozen! Be sure to store it in an airtight container and it will last for up to a month.
Most likely, your chocolate didn’t stick to your cookie dough because it didn’t have enough time to set in the fridge. I know it’s so tempting to take you bark out and eat it right away! If you want it to be perfect it needs to set for at least 30 minutes. If it looks like it needs more time feel free to pop it back in the fridge!
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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough Bark
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (124g) all purpose flour
- 16 ounces white candy melts or baking chocolate (such as Candiquik or Ghiradeli)
- 4 regular size candy canes (or crushed peppermint pieces)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark is a no bake edible sugar cookie dough turned into peppermint bark – cookie dough sandwiched between white chocolate and peppermint pieces – a perfect candy recipe for Christmas.
Last Updated on December 22, 2022
Hey there! I was just curious, as most of my family prefers dark or milk chocolate over white. Will it still taste as good?
Yes! You can use any you like. Enjoy!
Such a pretty bark! Looking forward to trying this for my work holiday party. Love that it’s super easy but also really special!
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!
The combo of sugar cookie dough and white chocolate is yummy. Love it. Pinned
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.
I love this, what a unique combination of seasonal flavors! And that sugar cookie dough, gah, it looks amazing!
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?
LOL, name the time and place!
Loving the combo of peppermint bark and sugar cookie dough! So creative and looks delicious!
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!!!
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 🙂