Chocolate Peppermint Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on February 2, 2014

These bars are seriously one of the best desserts that have come out of my kitchen this year! Chocolate Oreo base topped with a white chocolate peppermint topping. And of course, some cute Peppermint Patty Hearts for Valentine’s Day! Did I mentions this is a NO BAKE recipe?!

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Easy, no bake, Chocolate Peppermint Bars are sure to be a hit as an delicious after dinner mint

Februrary is always one of our crazy months. Not because of Valentine’s day, but because swimming is coming to an end for the season.

The month is always filled with extra swim meets, team dinners, and hungry athletes! It’s a crazy fun time to see how far my little swimmers have come in one season!

And of course, I know the month of March is our time off swim before we start again in April. So I can deal with the crazy month knowing there is rest coming soon!

But in the meantime, if I seem a bit absent this month, check out the pool, that’s where you will find me!

Easy, no bake, Chocolate Peppermint Bars are sure to be a hit as an delicious after dinner mint

These peppermint bars are so easy to make! I whipped them up one morning before my kids went off to school and I spent the whole day staring at them longingly.

The base is combination of crushed Oreo cookies and melted chocolate. Once you freeze it for ten minutes, the chocolate hardens and you get a lovely crunchy “crust.”

After making the crust, I whipped up the topping by combining some melted Vanilla Candiquik with softened cream cheese and peppermint extract. I may have spooned a few bites straight to my mouth at this point!

Once I spread the cream cheese layer over the crust, I knew something was missing. As a last minute decision I added the Heart shaped Peppermint Patties and sprinkles.

Seriously you guys, I wasn’t sure if this recipe would work, but it totally exceeded my expectations. The crunchy base is going to be seen again, I LOVE the way it turned out! I can’t wait to make another batch of these. Maybe next month I’ll make them GREEN mint for St.Patrick’s Day!

Easy, no bake, Chocolate Peppermint Bars are sure to be a hit as an delicious after dinner mint

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Chocolate Peppermint Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Chocolate crust topped with creamy peppermint cheesecake in this delicious NO BAKE recipe!

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 pkg (8oz) chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • For the topping:
  • 8oz Vanilla Candiquik, melted according to package
  • 1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 24 Peppermint Patties
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. For the crust, process cookies in a food processor until a fine crumb. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter with chocolate morsels for about 90 seconds, stirring after every 30 seconds. When smooth, fold in crushed cookies.
  2. Spread mixture in the bottom of a foil lined 13x9 baking dish. Use fingers to get mixture to pack evenly in pan. Freeze for about ten minutes, while making the topping.
  3. For the topping, beat cream cheese about 2 minutes until fluffy. Add
  4. melted candiquik and peppermint extract. Beat for 3 minutes on high until fluffy. Spread over cooled crust. Immediately press peppermint patties on top of cream cheese layer and add sprinkles, if desired. Cut into squares. Store in refrigerator for 3 days. ENJOY
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting February 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

This looks like the perfect no bake recipe when you are in a pinch! I love love love peppermint patties!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I love them too! And yes, no bake recipes are awesome!
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Shaina February 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Omg these are so cute and easy to make! I definitely want to make them for Valentines Day!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Shaina, let me know if you try them!!
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life February 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

No bake and peppermint patties…I am so there! These are so cute and I love how easy they are!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I love an easy recipe, especially when it involves peppermint patties!
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

……omgosh….that base. Crushed Oreo’s + melted chocolate…..mmmmmmmmmmm

and the bars are SOOO cute! Perfect for Valentine’s :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Kayle. yeah, I can’t get the base out of my mind either, it was sooooo good!
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Elizabeth February 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Would it work to use a heart shaped cookie cutter instead of cutting into squares?

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

What a cute idea, that would work great. And I would happily eat the scraps :)
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent February 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Love that you added the peppermint patties. Delicious!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Thanks Laura! Any excuse to use heart shaped minty candy :)
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Emily @ Life on Food February 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Oh I can taste the pepperminty goodness of these bars. And they are cute!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 2, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Those look absolutely fantastic! Delish!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

That crust does looking pretty amazing!! I think those heart peppermint patties are so cute and this is even better because it is no bake!! Love it!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thanks Nancy!! You’ve got to try them…so delicious!!
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DessertForTwo February 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

My husband would love these for Valentine’s Day! He loves peppermint candy!

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I think that sounds like the perfect gift idea :)

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Paula-bell'alimento February 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

Chocolate and Peppermint. Gimme!
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Anna @ Garnish with Lemon February 3, 2014 at 10:12 am

Pretty sure these just rose to the top of my must-make list!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I feel honored :)

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Melanie @ Carmel Moments February 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Oh so cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I bet the kids would love these!
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Nutmeg Nanny February 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Oh my, these look irresistible! Would love to be on the receiving end of this sweetness :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

Thanks girl! Wish you were here to enjoy some!

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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel February 5, 2014 at 4:06 pm

You know I can’t resist me some York peppermint patties! These bars are equal parts adorable and scrumptious, Aimee!

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Karen @ The Food Charlatan February 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Okay, that crust idea is pretty stellar. These remind me of a peppermint-oreo bar type thing I tried over Christmas that was a total FAILURE. so sad. I’ll have to try these! And heart shaped peppermint patties? what?? I almost asked where, but you’re probably going to say Target right? Where all magical things come from? :)
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Julie @ This Gal Cooks February 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

These are too cute, Aimee! Can’t go wrong with the combination of chocolate and peppermint. Plus, I love the pink and red sprinkles you added to these. Pinned!
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Tonia February 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Chocolate and mint are the perfect pair! I love the heart shaped peppermint bars on the top!
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aimee @ shugarysweets February 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Thank you! They were a huge hit!

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Kristen Duke February 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

No bake and delicious?!? Sign me up!
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Katy Ballagh February 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Hi, These look amazing. I needed to know if you scrape the filling in the cookie or crush them with the filling? Thanks

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Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik February 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Oh wow – you might see a version or two come out of this kitchen, too! Thanks for sharing – can’t wait to try these!
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