Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Candy Cane Cookie Bars – a handful of ingredients mixed together & the dough spread onto a cookie sheet, then sliced into bars. So easy yet so delicious!

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

When I was about 12, I got a new mountain bike for Christmas. The bike was great, but the story of how I got it is even greater.

You see, when you gift a kid a bike for Christmas – you really have no way to wrap it. Unless you’re some kind of uber talented individual when it comes to wrapping large & unusually shaped presents. Usually parents just stick a big bow on it & put it under the tree.  Well, not my mama. 

This year, my Grandma Millie was visiting.  We were all in the living room unwrapping presents – and all of a sudden, Mama turns to me and says, ‘Crystal, go brush your teeth!’

Wait, what?  Brush my teeth?  But we’re in the middle of opening presents!  I don’t wanna go brush my teeth!

But Mama insisted.  ‘Go brush your teeth, now! And brush them good!’.

I thought she was so unfair.  So, I grumbled & muttered all the way to the bathroom.  I made sure I took enough time to properly brush my teeth.  I finally emerged from the bathroom, where I had properly cleaned my teeth in the middle of present opening, & walked back in the living room.  There – right in the middle of the living room stood a beautiful new mountain bike!

In that one instant – my mom went from being the unfair go-brush-your-teeth-right-now mom into the best mother EVER!  And in case you’re wondering, she’s still the very best mother ever.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Now, by sharing one of my favorite Christmas memories – I’m now instantly in the mood for some Christmas cookies.  Good thing I just made up a batch of these delicious Candy Cane Cookie Bars.

I actually created these from my White Chocolate Cookie Bars which are already on the blog.  I just knew that a Christmas version of them would be delicious, and boy was I right. They’re SO delicious, & pretty darn easy too.  I’m actually eating one right now – and enjoying it quite a bit.  Be jealous, be very jealous…. or just make up your own batch.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Here’s what you need:

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Cream 1 cup of softened butter together with 1 cup of brown sugar.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Beat in one egg.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Mix in 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, & 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir in 4 crushed candy canes.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread the cookie dough over the baking sheet.  I like to use my hands for this to make the whole thing easier & faster.

Candy Cake Cookie Bars

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with 2 cups of white chocolate chips.  Place back into the oven for 60-90 seconds.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Spread the warm chocolate chips across the entire cookie.

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Sprinkle on the 4 remaining crushed candy canes – along with some holiday sprinkles if you desire.

Let the cookie cool until the white chocolate has cooled enough to set.  Slice with a knife or a pizza slicer.  I’m a huge fan of the pizza slicer 🙂

Candy Cane Cookie Cars

Let me tell you – these cookie bars are so good!  Good luck eating just one! 😉

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 candy canes crushed – divided
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips, about 2 cups(or even more if you’re feeling adventurous!)
  • sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter & brown sugar. Mix in 1 egg. Add in the flour, salt, & vanilla extract; mix until just combined. Stir in 4 of the crushed candy canes.

Spread your cookie dough on a large baking sheet until the thickness reaches ¼-1/2 of an inch. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges of your dough begin to brown slightly. Remove from the oven, & dump your white chocolate chips on top. Place it back into the oven for 60-90 seconds to melt the chocolate chips slightly. Be careful to not leave it in there for too long as you don’t want your chocolate to seize up.

Using a spatula, spread the melty white chocolate all over your cookie until covered. Sprinkle on the remaining 4 crushed candy canes & the sprinkles (if using). Let the cookie cool for a few minutes so that the chocolate sets. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, slice the cookie into cookie squares.

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