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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

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December 14, 2015 · 1.5k Views
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(Jamie is a guest blogger from Jamie Cooks It Up!.)
These Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars are soft, chewy and loaded with buttery goodness. The frosting has a fabulous cool peppermint flavor and is topped with crushed candy cane pieces. The batch makes a lot of bars, making these treasures perfect for gift giving. Add them to your holiday treat plate or take them to a party.
Time: 15 minutes prep + 15 minutes bakes
Yield: 35-40 bars

COOKIE BARS:
1 1/2 C sugar
1 C butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 C flour
FROSTING:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 C butter, softened
3 C powdered sugar
3 Tb whipping cream
2 tsp peppermint extract
dash salt20 miniature candy canesInstructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and beat for an additional 1 minute.
  4. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl toss together the baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Add it to the creamed mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread the dough over the pan.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow the bars to cool completely.
  8. To make the frosting, cream together all ingredients. Add more cream if the mixture is too dry and more powdered sugar if the mixture is too thin.
  9. Place 20 miniature candy canes in a large ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin to crush the candy into shards.
  10. Spread the frosting over the cooled bars and immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top.
  11. Allow the frosting to set up (refrigerating will speed up this process), cut into bars and serve!
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Jamie Eskelson is a 41 year old wife and mother of 5, living in Herriman, Utah. She graduated from The University of Utah with a degree in Choral Music Education. Though music was her passion early on, once she settled down to raise a family she realized how much she loved cooking and baking. She spent countless hours developing her culinary skills. For the past 6 years she has shared wonderful recipes, complete with photos and step by step instructions on the blog Jamie Cooks It Up! Readers across the globe stop by her site to read and use the over 1000 family friendly recipes that are stored there. She loves food blogging and is grateful to have such an amazing job she can do from home while she bakes cookies in her pajamas.

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