So the cookie eating has expanded to candy and snack eating in general.  My office around the holidays is a danger zone!  Gift basket after gift basket full of chocolates, cakes, candies, meats, cheeses, crackers… I could go on and on.  Anywho… I had picked up this bag of peppermint bark pieces from Trader Joes last week and thought I would put them in some cookies!

I could have eaten the pieces right out of the bag, but I thought I should really get ahold of myself.  I do have to fit in my NYE dress after all.

So you will just whip up a batch of simple chocolate cookie dough and add in the pieces.

Then scoop onto a cookies sheet….

And bake for 12 minutes!

 And feel free to sprinkle with powdered sugar!


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Peppermint Bark Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 bag Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark Baking Bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar until completely blended. Beat in one egg at a time, until well blended. Beat in one egg at a time until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt & cocoa. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until combined. Fold in the Peppermint Bark Baking Bits. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.