Back when I first started making holiday treats and handing them out, peppermint bark was one of my favorite gifting options. It was simple to make, took very little time, and everyone loved it. However, as years have passed and our recipient list has grown, peppermint bark became a less feasible option. Buying chocolate to make enough bark for that many people became very pricey very fast. (And anyway, I still end up buying loads of chocolate but for homemade hot chocolate mix, it’s worth it.) This year while I was whittling down my list of potential treat options (I started with nearly 30!) I had only one item left to decide upon. I knew I wanted it to be a cookie of some kind because really, what are holiday treat assortments without cookies? Then I realized I had also neglected to include anything mint in the package as well, and I know how all you people feel about mint. The idea of a peppermint bark cookie popped into my head and once I had thought of it, I knew it needed to be so.
After much thought and deliberation this is what I ended up with – a dark chocolate sugar cookie with a peppermint twist, coated with a base layer of dark chocolate and topped with white chocolate and peppermint pieces. We loved the final result. The chocolate coating on each side of the cookie lends a nice crunch reminiscent of peppermint bark. Even this most-of-the-time mint hater enjoys a candy cane during the holidays, and the blend of chocolate and peppermint makes for a fun and festive seasonal treat.
Today’s holiday giveaway is an apron from the lovely Jessie Steele. In case you wanted to wear something as cute as these cookies while you are baking, this would be a good place to start. Visit the giveaway page to learn more and to enter!