Peppermint Bark Brownie Cookies

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PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES! Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and an optional sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make!

PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES! Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

These peppermint bark brownie cookies are your holiday LIFESAVER. They are seriously crazy easy and the resulting flavor is out of this world delicious! People will think you slaved over these cookies for hours when in reality they only took you 10 minutes to whip together.

That, my friends, is called holiday lifesaving cookies.

PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES! Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

So why are they so quick? They have an actual brownie mix as the base! The brownie mix makes these cookies (you guessed it) taste like actual brownies. They are the soft and chewy, crisp on the edges, kind of brownie cookies.

But they are so much faster thanks to the brownie mix. Beyond that mix there is also a mix of pudding which makes these cookies have that super soft and chewy center. It also enhances the chocolate flavor quite a bit.

PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES! Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

A last little note: these are called peppermint bark brownie cookies, but they aren’t super peppermint flavored. I’m actually not a huge fan of too much peppermint flavor in cookies and prefer peppermint as a crunchy topping or a frosting flavor. The “peppermint bark” in the title comes from the addition of an actual peppermint bark candy bar. You’ll chop up the bar and mix it into these cookies.

The peppermint bark candy bar gives these the perfect touch of peppermint without overpowering them. I also sprinkle on a little bit of peppermint crunch sprinkles for a touch more flavor and little bit of crunch. It sticks pretty well to these cookies if you sprinkle it on right out of the oven (mostly on top of the warm melty chocolate chips).

All this said, if you are looking for more of a peppermint punch to the cookies, definitely add in some peppermint (I’d avoid mint) extract to personal taste preference.

P.S. A cheaper alternative to a peppermint bark bar that is still delicious is a candy cane chocolate bar (Hershey’s makes one).

ENJOY!

PEPPERMINT BARK BROWNIE COOKIES! Easy to make brownie cookies with chunks of peppermint bark and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint. These cookies are ultra fudgy AND easy to make! via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

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Peppermint Bark Brownie Cookies

5 from 5 votes
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Peppermint Bark Brownie Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Servings 30
Author Chelsea Lords

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • 1 3.9 ounces instant chocolate fudge pudding mix dry (unprepared)
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • 1 18.4 ounces fudge brownie mix**
  • 1 3.5 ounces Ghirardelli peppermint bark bar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, peppermint crunch sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl fitted to a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until completely smooth. They must both be at room temperature -- do not melt or soften in the microwave of your cookies will flatten more/ be less thick. Just leave out for about 45 minutes to an hour and they'll be perfect!
  • Beat in the large egg and vanilla (OR peppermint extract to taste -- see note).
  • Beat in the pudding mix (do not prepare), and flour.
  • Beat in the fudge brownie mix. It will be EXTREMELY thick and takes a while to get a dough to form. This is intended ๐Ÿ™‚ Just keep mixing and it will all come together even though it seems like it won't.
  • Coarsely chop the peppermint bark bar. Stir in the chopped peppermint bark bar (reserve a few pieces to press in the top), chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips (if desired).
  • Scoop out cookies using a cookie scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat liner.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes. Slightly under-baking these cookies gives them an awesome taste and texture like ultra fudge-y brownies so err on the side of slightly under-baking.
  • Optional: Make them pretty! Press a few pieces of the reserved peppermint bark bar or a few extra chocolate chips onto the tops of the cookies right as they come out of the oven. Sprinkle the cookies with a bit of peppermint crunch sprinkles if desired (they stick to the melted chocolate chips).

Recipe Notes

*I like a hint of peppermint in the form of candy in my cookies. If you are someone that is "give me all the peppermint" try peppermint extract (1/2 teaspoon) in place of the vanilla. Do not use mint extract or they will taste like toothpaste. **Make sure you have the right size brownie mix before starting these cookies.

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  1. I love recipes that are actually easy but turn out to be so tasty and fancy that I look like a chef! These cookies absolutely fit the bill so as soon as I can get a brownie mix, they’re on! Thanks.

  2. These look delicious! But I’m confused about amounts. Only 1 oz each of the instant pudding mix, brownie mix, and peppermint bar??

    1. No, sorry!! The way my recipes are displayed just changed, and there are a lot of fixes needed. This recipe is now updated! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I found this while searching for holiday cookies, these look wonderful, and a nice change to the usual sugar cookies this time of year, thank you for sharing this!

    1. Don’t prepare the brownie mix, use it as part of the recipe (with the cream cheese, eggs, and other listed ingredients)

  4. 5 stars
    These are sooooo AMAZING! I made them for Christmas and New Years, and everyone loved them! AND they are easy to whip up. They are delicious warm and second day, I can’t imagine they’ll last any longer than day 2. Thanks so much for sharing this, it will be a go to recipe for a long time to come!! I just wish Ghirardelli peppermint bark was not limited to Christmas time…

    1. Awe thank you so much Kate! I’m so happy these were a hit ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to comment. And I know!! I wish they sold it year round!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these using Peppermint Andes (that was all I could find) and they were delicious. Slightly undercooking is the way to go. Will definitely make again next year. My only comment is about the prep and cooking time listed at the top of the recipe: It took much less than 1hr 20 prep time, and more than 8 min cook time. For me prep was more like 25 min and I baked each about 13 as suggested in the instructions.

    1. I’m so happy you liked these! I’m not sure why the prep and cooking time was listed so weird; I changed to a new platform that hosts my recipes and it did mess up a few of the prep times on some recipes. Thanks for pointing that out for me to fix it!

  6. Curious if this would work with the dark chocolate peppermint bark?
    Also, is milk chocolate vs semi-sweet for the chips important?

    1. Sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ And you can use milk or semi-sweet; it won’t change the structure of the cookies — just flavor (so if you prefer semi-sweet definitely use that!)

  7. I canโ€™t find chocolate fudge pudding mix! Iโ€™ve looked at two stores. They have either chocolate pudding mix or sugar free chocolate fudge pudding mix. Have you ever made it with one of those?

  8. 5 stars
    These cookies were AMAZING. Making another batch for neighbors and family this weekend!
    For those without a stand mixer: I started making this recipe before realizing I needed a stand mixer, which I didnโ€™t have. My hand mixer seriously flopped, but I was determined to make these! I ended up using a fork and a lot of arm strength for mixing the first part and toward the end when the brownie mix was added to the batter, I used my hands. All in all, the batter mixed very well and cookies turned out delicious! So, an alternative for those currently w/o a stand mixer!

    1. Oh my gosh you are amazing! Also what a win, win, hahaha you get delicious cookies and a little workout! Haha! I’m so glad you enjoyed! Thanks Shana! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. These are amazing and SO easy to make. A big hit at holiday parties.
    Question- do you think if I make the batter about an hour ahead of cooking it will mess with the consistency and shape of the cookies? We have our family cookie baking party and the more prep I can do before going, the better!

  10. Super upset. Added all my ingredients and it says 3.9 oz of pudding mix and Iโ€™m pretty sure it should be 1.4 oz. Iโ€™m going to save the mix bc I used an entire box of brownie mix and all that. If you know how I can fix it, please let me know.

  11. I can’t wait to make these later in the week! I’m prepping lots of cookie dough for holiday dessert trays for my neighbors. Any chance these can be refrigerated over night? Have you tried doing this before? Thanks!

  12. These are exactly the recipe Iโ€™m looking for. Once they are made, how should they be stored? Do they need to be refrigerated because of the cream cheese? Thank you!

  13. Do you have this recipe using everything from scratch – i.e brownie mix and pudding mix?
    I live in Brazil and we don’t have mixes like that – would love love to make these cookies… please help!

  14. This looks so good! Chelsea, what brand of brownie pudding do you use? I didn’t see that flavor on my grocery store’s pudding/Jello aisle.

    1. Hey Kathy!! I just use the store brand, I’ve found it at Kroger stores (Smith’s) Hope that is helpful! Regular chocolate pudding will work too as long as the ounces are the same. Enjoy and happy holidays!

  15. Correction: Chocolate fudge pudding mix, not brownie pudding mix. Sorry, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning for Mrs. Claus here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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