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Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark Recipe By: Cece Kirkwood This post may contain affiliate links.

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This is the first in a series of holiday bakes that have been a tradition in my household since I was very little. You’ve heard before about other recipes that are inspired by my mom (for example, the Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe), but these cookies are perhaps the most important. 

I often reminisce of sitting at the counter in my childhood home, mesmerized by my mom baking what seemed like a million different types of cookies from the moment Thanksgiving was over, through until Christmas. 

She would package them all up into wonderful, heartfelt gift boxes and I would proudly pass them out to friends, teachers and family, letting them each know how much love and care my mom put into every cookie. Those are some of my most fond childhood memories. 

Today, I bring you the first of those Christmas Cookies. The one that she and I start with every time the holiday season rolls around: Peppermint Bark. 

The white chocolate and peppermint flavor is magical to me. It transports me back to my parent’s kitchen and when paired with the delicious dark chocolate – you won’t be able to deny that holiday spirit you’ll feel bubbling up inside of you. 

This is a no-bake recipe, so no oven required! Just a sheet pan, parchment paper, a couple bowls and your favorite holiday sweater.

Turn on that Christmas music and let’s get to baking, shall we? 

The Process 

Prepare the Peppermint Bark ingredients:

Lightly spray a 9″x13” sheet pan and line it with parchment paper. Measure both chocolates in two separate microwave safe bowls. 

Crush either two giant candy canes or one box of regular candy canes in a ziploc bag.  Set aside approx. 85g of crushed peppermint.

Prepare and softly set the white chocolate peppermint layer:

In the microwave melt two bags of white chocolate morsels in 30 second intervals, stirring between each until smooth.

Mix 115g of crushed candy canes into white chocolate and then add an optional 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract, if you’d like an extra pop of peppermint flavor.  

Spread the white chocolate peppermint mix onto the parchment lined pan. You may need to hold down one side of the parchment paper while spreading the chocolate as it tends to slide! 

Place that in the fridge for no more than 5 minutes. We want the white chocolate peppermint layer to still be soft in order to spread the chocolate on top. 

Prepare and softly set the dark chocolate layer:

While the peppermint layer is setting, melt two bags of semi sweet morsels like you did white chocolate in the microwave, with 30 second intervals, stirring between each addition. 

The white chocolate peppermint layer should now be slightly soft and sticky to the touch. Quickly pour on melted dark chocolate and carefully spread over all of white chocolate peppermint layers. 

Sprinkle with reserved 85g crushed peppermint.

Finally, set the Peppermint Bark, slice and enjoy! 

Place the candy back in the freezer until set. Then, carefully cut into squares with a sharp knife.  

Enjoy this peppermint bark cold or put in an airtight container and place in the freezer to enjoy in small bites throughout the holiday season.

The Tips 

Why is this recipe in Grams?

Baking is a science and in science you want things to be exact and precise. The best way to do this is by weighing out your ingredients using a simple scale. Ever baked a cookie using the same recipe, yet somehow it turns out slightly different each time? That is because when measuring by volume, you can’t be as precise. It is vital that your ingredient ratios are accurate for a reliable bake every time.

How long does Peppermint Bark last in the freezer?

Storing the peppermint bark is oh so simple and will last you all season long! That’s one of the reasons why it is my first holiday bake every year. Simply place the peppermint bark in a freezer safe bag or airtight container and put it in the freezer to last up to 3 weeks! Enjoy piece by piece straight out of the freezer or pull them out and plate them to serve immediately with your guests. Just make sure to keep it cold otherwise the chocolate will begin to melt!

The Peppermint Bark Recipe

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Peppermint Bark

  • Author: Cece
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 1 Baking Sheet of Peppermint Bark 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 bags white chocolate morsels (568g)
  • 2 bags dark chocolate morsels (568g)
  • 200g crushed peppermint, divided
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract, optional

Instructions

  • Lightly spray a 9″x13” sheet pan and line it with parchment paper. Measure both chocolates in two separate microwave safe bowls.

Keywords: Peppermint Bark, Holiday Cookies, Christmas Cookies

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