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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  • Jenna wrote:

    I love those kisses!

  • Bonita wrote:

    I made the version in BA with candy canes, but what a great idea to substitute Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses! Brilliant! And your shortbread looks fabulous!

  • Debi (Table Talk) wrote:

    I always make our traditional favorites, and try one new cookie recipe…I think this will be the new addition for us this year. So pretty!

  • Deborah Dowd wrote:

    These look both festive and delicious!! I think I would be tempted to use both the candy cane kisses and crushed candy canes!!

  • so Spiffy April wrote:

    It looks like so much fun… I’ve never tasted those kisses before.. I wonder if Japan will stock them.. might have to use my expat import to get them… well done you..

  • Lisa and Maria wrote:

    Omg we LOVE those peppermint kissed too! We discovered them this year and are obssesed with them!

    We actually just posted a recipe using them today! Funny!

    We will definitely add these to our Christmas Baking list!

  • Bob wrote:

    Now those look awesome. I could definitely eat the whole pan!

  • Krista wrote:

    Oooh, these are so purty! 🙂

  • Kat wrote:

    I had just come across this recipe earlier today. I love the idea of the kisses vs. the crunchy candy! They look so good!

  • Maria wrote:

    I’ve never tried those kisses. They are pretty!

  • Janet wrote:

    These look fabulous! I just printed them out… will be making them this weekend for our family cookie exchange! You’ve single handedly rekindled my relationship with peppermint!

  • Michelle wrote:

    I bookmarked this one from BA too and I loved the idea of cutting them into triangles and irregular shapes like real “bark” candy. Clever idea to use the kisses!!! I never liked the crunch of the candy canes on top either so I generally use a big red/white decorating sugar. I like your idea even better.

  • Jennifer (Savor) wrote:

    Okay, do not gasp: I love white choc but not peppermint at all (except lip balm). I know, that’s mean, I make bark with it but do not consume any. Guess it is great for the hips

  • Phoo-D wrote:

    These are gorgeous Lori! Love the colors and swirls, plus they sound delicious and easy. Perfect!

  • leslie wrote:

    what a great idea to mix the two together!

  • patsyk wrote:

    Wow! Those look great! I love that it’s a new twist on an old favorite that I make every year.

  • Amanda wrote:

    Oh Lori those look fabulous! You are such a creative baker 🙂

  • Jenn wrote:

    I have a bag of these sitting on my counter waiting for inspiration. It just hit…hard! Thanks so much!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet wrote:

    These look great!! I am addicted to those candy cane kisses too – they have the crunchy things in them!! 🙂

  • Aimee wrote:

    Thanks for sharing, Lori! These would be a hit around here! I love the twist on classic shortbread.