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Savory Sweet Life’s Cooking with Kids: Chocolate Peppermint Bars

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Alice is the popular voice behind the gorgeous blog, Savory Sweet Life. Her daily posts showcase incredible food photography and delectable recipes which are always perfect for everyday cooking. Alice is also the busy mom of three kids and loves to involve them in the kitchen. Today she is sharing her amazing Chocolate Peppermint Bars, perfect holiday treats that are great fun to make with the little ones.

Alice: Baking with kids is a magical way to celebrate the season with butter, sugar and chocolate.  From frosted snowflake sugar cookies to gingerbread cakes, we love to bake.

From the time my children were able to walk, they’ve been helping me in the kitchen. These days my daughters (Abbi, 9, and Mimi, 7) can bake cookies by themselves with little supervision.  A week doesn’t go by when they don’t ask to bake together.  Now that Christmas is approaching, our focus is on Christmas treats we can give away as gifts for teachers, friends and neighbors.

One of our favorite treats to make is chocolate peppermint bars.  I love the combination of chocolate and crushed candy cane on top of a cookie crust.  The girls love patting the crust inside the pan, melting the chocolate and crushing the candy canes.  When the treats are ready to be cut, I like to cut them in triangles just for the fun of it.

After we’ve baked a batch, we typically store most of them of them in an airtight container and freeze them.  This way when company comes over, we can put together a quick cookie tray from cookies we’ve been baking.  It is very cute to see the girls tell guests that they made all the cookies in the tray.  I imagine some day they will pass this tradition down to their own kids.  But for right now, I cherish our time together in the kitchen as we celebrate our favorite holiday.

Chocolate Peppermint Bars

Ingredients
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
18 mini candy canes, crushed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar
until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla.  In a small bowl, sift
together flour, baking powder and salt.  Add dry ingredients to the
butter mixer. The dough should look crumbly.   Pat dough into the
bottom of a 9×13 baking pan which has been sprayed with non-stick
spray.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are nice and golden
brown.  Allow the cookie crust to cool in the pan for 1 hour.  Place
chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.
Stir chocolate chips until smooth.  Spread chocolate mixture evenly on
top of the cookie crust.  Sprinkle crushed candy canes evenly on top
of the chocolate bar.  Place bars in the refrigerator for 1 hour until
cook.  Cut into triangles.  Enjoy!

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