Frosted Candy Cookie Bars

Nov 29, 2021

Frosted Candy Cookie Bars

Turn a simple vanilla cookie bar into merry and bright treats with the addition of red and green chocolate candies, then add a simple chocolate ganache frosting for good measure.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 2-inch bars


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain chocolate candies in red and green
  • 12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9x13” baking pan.

Step 2

  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Step 3

  • In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Step 4

  • Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in candies.

Step 5

  • Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until bars are lightly browned and pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Step 6

  • Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl.

Step 7

  • Place cream in heavy saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Pour cream over chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Then stir the mixture until smooth to create ganache frosting.

Step 8

  • Spread frosting over the bars or dip cut bars into ganache to coat top. Allow frosting to set before serving.
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