Holiday Baking Idea: White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars

I created these White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars for the holiday season as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®.

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars #HolidayAdvantEdge #shopThere’s something about peppermint bark that always puts me in the holiday spirit.  Maybe it’s the deliciousness of creamy chocolate combined with the crunch of peppermint bits.  Or perhaps it’s the festive appearance of the white chocolate speckled with crushed candy canes.

Whenever peppermint bark shows up at the holidays, I always save it and ration it out a little bit at a time.  It’s one of my favorite holiday recipes!  (I may or may not have had some peppermint bark in March last year…just sayin’.)  So when the holiday baking season arrived this year, I of course planned to make a big batch of peppermint bark.

But then I starting thinking.  What if I did something a little bit different this year?  It’s hard to make peppermint bark better than it already is, but I might have figured out how.  Put it on top of brownies!  Yup, think about it.  A thin layer of chewy, chocolately brownies topped with a layer of crunchy white chocolate peppermint bark.  Let me tell ya…these White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars are perfect if you are entertaining guests this holiday season!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars #HolidayAdvantEdge #shopAs a food blogger, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store.  Luckily for me, there’s a Price Chopper located just about 5 minutes away.  I try to do all of my shopping at the beginning of the week, but there are almost always quick trips out in the middle of the week.  (I’ve often wondered what the folks at Price Chopper think because there have definitely been weeks when I’ve had to go to the grocery store every.single.day.)

Earlier this week, I was out doing my weekly shopping run, and I noticed a big holiday baking display.  I love to bake, and Price Chopper had baking supplies on sale.  Perfect!  I grabbed a bag of Gold Medal All-Purpose flour knowing that I would be making a batch of these delicious, chewy brownies.

Holiday Baking and Price Chopper #HolidayAdvantEdge #shopThe key to the these White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars is to let the brownie layer cool just slightly before adding the white chocolate and peppermint bits.  So just make your favorite brownie recipe (one of my favorites is below) and let it cool on the stovetop for a couple of minutes.

Once you pull the brownies out of the oven, then you can start melting the white chocolate.  That way, the brownies have cooled off a bit before you add the heavy layer of chocolate on top.  Enjoy!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars #HolidayAdvantEdge #shop

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars #HolidayAdvantEdge #shop

Holiday Baking Idea: White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars

These White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownie Bars feature peppermint bark on top of a thin layer of chewy brownies. They're delicious!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer

  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

For the Peppermint Bark Layer

  • 10 oz. white chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 3 candy canes crushed
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract optional

Instructions

For the Brownie Layer

  • Fill a medium saucepan with about 1.5-2" of water and place over low heat. Place the coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a small bowl and set bowl on top of saucepan. Stir chocolate occasionally until fully melted. Set chocolate aside to cool slightly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Add the melted chocolate and stir until fully combined.
  • Add flour and vegetable oil; stir until fully combined.
  • Transfer batter to a greased 8"x8" pan and bake at 350 for 26-30 minutes, or until brownies are done. Set pan aside to cool.

For the Peppermint Bark Layer

  • Fill a medium saucepan with about 1.5-2" of water and place over low heat. Place the coarsely chopped white chocolate in a small bowl and set bowl on top of saucepan. Stir chocolate occasionally until fully melted.
  • Remove chocolate from heat and stir in peppermint extract (optional).
  • Pour white chocolate over brownies and use an offset spatula to spread chocolate evenly.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy canes across top of melted chocolate; lightly press candy canes into chocolate.
  • Set aside for 2-3 hours or until fully cooled. (You can cool these in the refrigerator to speed up the process.) Cut into squares and serve.

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10 Comments

  1. I’ve been to the grocery store more often in one week than I care to count. But as a food blogger, I think that’s pretty common. These bars look amazing. Love the peppermint and white chocolate paired with these brownie bars. Thanks for sharing David. Have a great week!

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