Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

 Thick, chewy, and soft sugar cookie bars with peppermint crunch frosting! Easy to make, festive, and so yummy!

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

 It’s official guys, we are knee-deep into the holiday season. I just found out that people put their Christmas trees up the day after Halloween. Say whaaa? That’s crazy. Unless you’re one of those people….. actually it’s still crazy. We put ours up on Thanksgiving Day this year and I still felt like we were bordering on being a bit premature.

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

My first post-Thanksgiving recipe is very Christmas-y I feel like. Peppermint, that’s definitely a holiday flavor, right? I actually made these peppermint sugar cookie bars on Thanksgiving morning. right before decorating the tree. I’ve decided that simultaneously tree-trimming, candy cane-crushing, and singing your lungs out (not always on key I might add) just might be the single most enjoyable thing on earth.

If you haven’t tried it, please cease all current activity and join me in soaking up this holiday bliss – tree-trimming/peppermint sugar cookie-frosting/feliz navidad off-key-singing style.

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

These bars got the official stamp of approval from my mom so I know they’ve gotta be really, really good. She usually has some helpful, positive constructive criticism but these bars left her critique-less. She said they were moist, soft, thick and chewy, and loaded with just enough fluffy peppermint frosting. Actually, she said she wouldn’t mind a whole bowl of just the frosting! 

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookie Bars
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Thick, chewy, and soft sugar cookie bars with peppermint crunch frosting! Easy to make, festive, and so yummy!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream OR plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (OR vanilla extract)
  • ¼ cup finely crushed candy canes
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil and lightly grease the foil.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add sugars and mix until combined. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla and mix well. Gradually mix flour mixture into wet ingredients and continue to mix until the dough comes together and not crumbly.
  4. Gently press dough into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 18-22 minutes until golden and the top no longer appears "wet". Allow to cool completely.
  5. When the bars have cooled, prepare the frosting. In a medium bowl whip butter for 2-3 minutes (no less!) until very fluffy. Add cream cheese and mix well. Gradually mix in powdered sugar until completely combined. Mix in peppermint extract. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Cut into squares or triangles and serve. Store in airtight container.


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Those look awesome! Candy canes plus sugar cookies…that is a winning combination 🙂

These look so good! I’m not sure if it’s just my computer….but the actual recipe is not showing up! Anyone else?

TIFF! I just made similar sugar cookie bars last week!! Yours are stunning, as always! 🙂

These look amazing!! I definitely need to get my peppermint baking done!

Gorgeous! I always crave peppermint treats as soon as Thanksgiving is over. These bars look fantastic, Tiffany!

    Ah! A gal after my own heart 🙂 Peppermint is my favorite Christmas holiday flavor!

Gorgeous photos! These cookie bars look so delicious, and are perfect for the holiday season =)

    Thanks Lauren! 🙂

These peppermint bars are definitely going on my holiday baking list.. they look awesome and so festive!

This looks like a great gift idea Tiffany1

I wish I was eating one of these delicious jewels right now! These look so scrumptious.

Tiffany these look amazing!! Your food photography and blog is fabulous, new follower- xoxo


    Thanks so much Tanya!! Welcome to my blog!! 🙂 🙂

the recipe calls for baking soda, but in the directions it says baking powder. just wondering which one is correct :).

    Whoops! It’s baking powder. 🙂 I’m fixing it right now! 🙂

These look wonderful.

If you could only have ONE cookie which would it be? Enter your answer at: the #1 most popular cookie will be revealed on Saturday December 6th 2014. Should be fun! Pass it on…

These look delicious, but I’m one of those people who only like cream cheese frosting on carrot cake. (It seems to be showing up everywhere these days.) What do you think about making these with vanilla buttercream frosting instead? (Homemade, of course!)

    Yes that would definitely work!! 🙂

Looks so yummy! Just one question before I make it on the spot – do you mean unsalted butter OR salted butter? I suspect you mean salted, but would like to clarify.

    Salted Butter! 🙂

      Thanks! 😀 Made it and it was goooooood~

I literally just made these! SO DELICIOUS! I used about 2 and half teaspoons of peppermint for the icing though. Came out SUPER minty and tasted exactly like candy canes! DELISH! Love these so much, may just have to make them year round! XD

    Ooh, I’m all for extra peppermint!!! 🙂 🙂

These look amazing! I’m going to be making these on Christmas Eve! I was wondering, would unsalted butter be ok to use, or would that change the flavor? I ended up buying a lot of unsalted butter for other recipes and would love to use all that up before hitting the store again.

    Unsalted butter should be okay, just add a pinch of salt. 🙂

Awesome recipe! I made these for a holiday gathering and they were a huge hit! I didn’t have the right size pan so used a 9×9 instead, so they were a bit thicker, but still tasted fantastic! And the frosting was to die for! Definitely going to be a go to holiday baking recipe from now on.

Have you tried freezing these? Just wondering if I can make them ahead of time. Was thinking I would bake and frost them, then cut and freeze, but wait to add candy canes until after they thaw. Thanks!

    Yes you can, but make sure you cover them VERY tightly so that they don’t dry out!