Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

Buttery, tender shortbread base spread with bittersweet chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint.

20 min. prep time
56 bars
16416 Ratings


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup coarsely chopped peppermint candies


Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges; set aside. 

Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and candies in bowl. Beat at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 19-21 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Do not overbake. 

Immediately sprinkle crust evenly with chocolate chips; return pan to oven 1 minute to melt chocolate. Spread chocolate evenly over crust; immediately sprinkle with chopped peppermint candies. Cool completely. 

Remove bars from pan using foil ends. Cut bars into 28 squares; cut each square in half diagonally.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 70

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 30mg

Carbohydrates: 8g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #15118©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this today with my 8 year old daughter. They were really easy! We did add 1 Tbsp of water due to all the comments about the base being crumbly. The taste is good with the bittersweet chocolate, but next time I will try the dark chocolate.
My daughter and I made these and had no trouble with crumbling. The secret was to beat the dough at low speed to start, but then move it up to medium speed. This made the dough bind together much better and was less crumbly. You could also add a couple of tsp of water to the dough when beating if you wanted to keep it at low speed. These were delicious and easy to make!
Awesome it was the best cookie I'v ever tasted!!!
Delicious! I found it easier to melt the chocolate in the microwave and then spread it onto the shortbread . I agree with another review, use the entire 12 ounce bag. I will make another batch for sure! I think this is a new fan favorite. The base is very similar to my grandmother's Scottish shortbread!
completely crumbled when cutting rendering most of it unusable, will not make again.
This recipe is amazingly delicious, but also amazingly crumbly. What can be changed to make the crust bind together better?
I made them in a hurry and did not let them cool before trying to cut the bars, so they crumbled quite a bit. I think if I wait next time, they will be perfect. The taste is so great, and they are so easy to make!
Delicious cookie but very hard to serve as the base is very tender. I thought to mail them but this is not a cookie to travel. They came out of the pan easier the next day. Next time I will add an extra 1/2 cup of flour and use non-stick foil. I used dark choc chips, a little more than stated and the taste with the peppermint was very good. .
I think better recipe directions would have helped Base was too crumbly. Also hard to cut witohout loosing so much of the base May try again with possibly some alteration to recipe base.
Liked the chocolate with the pepermient candy top
I would rate this a 5 star recipe. My 9 year old granddaughter made it two times (we wanted lots of peppermint bars, more than one recipe would produce) from begining to end. She had a wonderful time smashing candy canes. She also enjoyed the many positive comments from the taste testers.
This is the perfect blend of chocolate and peppermint. The cookie is tasty and makes a delicious base for the other stronger flavors. I think I'll use more crushed peppermint next time, though, because the bittersweet chocolate almost overpowers the mint. Yummy!
I have nothing good to say about and would never make it again!!
I made a double recipe and added one 10-ounce bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips in with the chocolate chips, DELICIOUS!
So Simple and yet sooo yummy! Thank You Land O' Lakes!
I agree with the other reviewers that they are too crumbly. I am going to try it again with a different base; one that I use to make toffee bars. I also thought the taste of the shortbread was blah. If you do bake these, use the entire 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips. Good Luck!
Very fast too make
bittersweet a little much maybe will try a different chocolate next time
agreed with other comment they are crumbly
but def. will make again.
I would make shortbread cookies and do this...
Some one needs to edit your recipie directions .... confusing
I used dark chocolate chips instead of the bittersweet chips. The taste is wonderful and these were so very easy to throw together. I gave them four stars instead of five because they were a tiny bit crumbly, but that wouldn't be enough to keep me from making these again and again. :)

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