Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Surprise Cookie Bars


Here it is 4 days from Christmas Day & I am just now getting my Holiday baking started. I have injured my knee & I have to walk with crutches, so baking isn’t easy right now. HOWEVER. I had to make these so that I can at least have something delicious to eat while I lay on the sofa & watch Tabitha’s Salon Takeover for the 3rd day in a row.

These cookie bars are full of surprises. They are gooey, full of chunky chocolate, & the peppermint patties give it that great mint that I LOVE.

They are very festive. And by festive, I mean you will want to make them every chance you get. They are THAT good.

Everyone ready to go

Start with the sugars & sticks of butter. Make sure it’s UNSALTED. Unsalted is better to bake with, my dear.

Mix with a mixer, then add eggs & vanilla extract. Next add the dry ingrediants. I wisked them in a seperate bowl, then added slowly to the wet ingrediants.

Mix very well. I don’t have a stand mixer to make sure it was all mixed, so I used my husband. Sure he isn’t as bright & shiny like a stand mixer, but he isn’t as expensive as one, either.

Add the chocolate chunks. You can use chocolate chips instead, but I prefer chunks in this recipe. These bars will be thick & the chunky chocolate make sure you get a lot of chocolate with each bite.

Press half of the dough in a 8 x 8 pan that is lined with foil & sprayed generously with cooking spray.


Unwrap the peppermint patties & press into the dough. Press them in pretty good because you don’t want them to move around when you put the other half of dough on top.

Eat a few more peppermint patties. It’s Christmas time!

Press the other half of the dough on top. Make sure that the dough is completely covering the peppermint patties. They are supposed to be a surprise, remember?

 Bake at 350 for 40-45 min. Originally I put these in the oven for 35 minutes & that wasn’t enough time. They were still very gooey in the center. Your oven might cook differently from mine, so just make sure you watch them closely.

Let them cool for about an hour. They need to cool as long as possible otherwise when you cut into them, they will be a big mess.

You can substitute peanut butter cups for peppermint patties. Or maybe even a thick layer of Nutella would taste great. Eat with a glass of eggnog & watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Here’s what you need:

2 sticks unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

12 ounce bag chocolate chunks

 York Peppermint Patties- snack size

Makes 10-12 cookie bars


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  1. Liz -  December 21, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    Can you please make me some of these? Like now??? I NEED to eat these!!

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