Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies: Best New Christmas Cookie Recipe This Season!

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We’re coming to a close here this holiday cookie season, and I’ve saved the best for last. This cookie recipe is by far my favorite Christmas cookie discovery this year: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies. This delightful treat comes from the December 2009 issue of Bon Appetit, and I’ve changed it up a little bit using these fabulous Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses.
Have you had the opportunity to try these yet? A white chocolate confection with minty stripes and the very slight crunch of candy canes, these kisses are amazing. They’re so amazing that I ended up buying a second bag that I have sitting in my pantry, which I’m afraid to open for fear that I won’t be able to stop nibbling on them.

Here’s a brief How-To (an easy recipe!):
The shortbread base of the cookie is baked into a 9×13-inch pan lined with parchment. Chocolate is crumbled onto the warm, baked shortbread. It melts and then just gets spread around with a spatula. The original BA recipe calls for crumbled candy canes to be sprinkled on top. I’ve never been a very big fan of the crunch of candy canes in cookies, so I subbed the chopped up oh-so-fabulous candy cane kisses instead. They melt a little on top of the chocolate, but that’s okay.
A small amount of white chocolate is melted and swirled on top. The whole thing is chilled and then lifted out of the pan and onto a flat surface for cutting. Using a large, sharp knife, you can cut the cookie bark into whatever shapes you’d like.
I have absolutely no idea how these taste made with crunched up candy canes, but with the Candy Cane Kisses, these shards of cookie bark are absolutely the best holiday treat I’ve had this year! It could be the Kisses that put them over the top, but they’ve definitely been added to my list of Christmas cookie favorites.  

This recipe can be found HERE.

*The Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses are a specialty flavor that you’ll only find during the holidays. I’ve seen them both at Target and in the holiday candy section of my grocery store. (And, NO… this post is not being sponsored by Hershey’s, though it should be with all of the gushing I’ve done over their holiday-themed Kisses lately.)

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  • Cathy wrote:

    Two more comments – yes, mine baked in 23 – 25 minutes. And I added another 1/4 of chocolate chips to the shortbread base.

  • Cathy wrote:

    OMG – made one batch yesterday morning, and then quickly made 2 more batches. They are AWESOME! I have about 20 Christmas cookie recipes, and I believe this is def top 3, if not TOP 1. Thanks for the incredible recipe. Off to make more on day 2! Can’t wait to give them as gifts to co-workers.

  • Eliana wrote:

    These look amazing Lori. Can’t wait to make them for myself.

  • Jeanelle wrote:

    I made these this weekend and was surprised when I checked them at 24 minutes and found them to be already overdone (sadness.) I know my oven is right-on temperature wise so next time, will check between 18-20 minutes. I was just wondering if anyone else found that they cooked faster than the recipe suggests? I’m not giving up though and will be making them again for sure. Thanks for sharing – love your website!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Jeanelle- Hmmm- that’s interesting that it baked up faster than expected. Just double checked the Bon Appetit recipe that I adapted from & it definitely says 30 minutes. I find that ovens can be very different in terms of the temperature that they “actually” are. Yours might run a little hotter perhaps?

  • christie wrote:

    these cookies are fantastic – both delicious and a gorgeous addition on any dessert tray. the best part: using store-bought sugar cookie dough gave me that much more time for last-minute christmas shopping/wrapping! thanks so much for the recipe – they were a huge family hit, and i’ll definitely be making them again and again!

  • Pat wrote:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I have been racking my brain on how to use the candy cane kisses. I made these last night, the kisses were almost impossible to find 🙁 But what I did instead of drizzling white chocolate on top, I swirled the slightly melting kisses in with the chocolate and that worked out perfect. These were great! They are replacing my peppermint bark from now on.

  • Julie wrote:

    Thanks so much for the recipe! They were a gorgeous and delicious addition to my cookie platter. Definitely a keeper!!

  • Tracey wrote:

    Thanks for the review! They look phenomenal. I just picked up a copy of December’s BA so I am definitely going to try these – probably w/the candy canes so we’ll see how it goes!

  • southern hostess wrote:

    Yum! This looks delicious.

  • Jane wrote:

    Gosh, these look just perfect. I experimented with some peppermint barkish candy/cookies yesterday and, though they tasted good, they didn’t look nearly as nice (thus they did not merit a post on my blog–too bad!). Love your blog, as always!

  • Rhyleysgranny wrote:

    These look so festive. I actually bought a couple of boxes of candy canes this year. I have never seen them for sale here. Candy canes are an American thing.I’m glad some made their way across the pond. I am going to make these for Christmas day. Thank you for such a stunning but simple bake 🙂

  • maria wrote:

    I would name them Jackson Pollock cookies!

  • Deborah wrote:

    This looks like a must make!!

  • Sonja @ ActiveFoodie wrote:

    I love these! I am not a huge fan of peppermint bark because it is too crunchy for me, however, on top of cookie…I can get down with that! LOVE IT!

  • LilSis wrote:

    Those are gorgeous! I wish I had seen them before my last trip to the store. I still have goodies to make for neighbors!

  • Elle wrote:

    Oooh, I think I’ve seen those kisses! Will have to look again! The cookies are gorgeous, as always, Lori!

  • Barbara wrote:

    Those look fabulous! I haven’t seen those peppermint kisses before. Hope my grocery store has them. If not, a Target is nearby!

  • Dawn Hutchins wrote:

    These are so pretty. I made several versions of chocolate bark for holiday gifts this year and if I’d had those kisses I would have used those. YUM!

  • Cafe Novo wrote:

    Wow, those do look absolutely divine, thanks for sharing!
    I was going to make plain ol shortbread for our Christmas party, but I think this is a much better idea, thank you for sharing!

  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    THE best, for sure!