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First of all, THANK YOU to all of you!!!! I definitely felt your support through the camera while we were taping! And of course there were all the Blog, Facebook and Twitter comments too! ๐Ÿ™‚ This whole thing has been like a whirlwind and I need to catch up on a few things, let me tell you! But, until then, here is the recipe for those Brownie Cream Cheese Peppermint Bars (that Sam Champion LOVED!)! A full recap of my trip is to come on Friday!

 

Brownie Cream Cheese Peppermint Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 family-sized box brownie mix
  • 2 8oz. packages cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract divided
  • 4 candy canes crushed

Instructions

  • Make brownie batter according to package directions, but add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
  • Bake according to package directions and set aside to cool.
  • Spray a 9-by-13'' rectangular pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread cookie dough along the bottom, creating an even layer. Bake cookie dough according to package directions, until edges are golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • Once brownies have cooled, remove any hard edges and discard (or eat!). Scrape the rest of the baked brownies into a large bowl. Combine brownies with cream cheese to create a thick mixture that is generally uniform in color. Scoop this mixture onto the baked and cooled cookie dough. Smooth the top.
  • Over a double boiler, melt white chocolate and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Spread melted chocolate over the cookie-brownie mixture, sprinkle with candy canes and let cool. Once chocolate has hardened, cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

  • When you are melting the chocolate you need to make sure it doesn't get too hot or else it will seize up when you stir in the extract.
  • Imitation peppermint extract isn't nearly as strong as alcohol or oil based extracts, so you'll have to add more in to get a stronger peppermint flavor. You can taste as you go to get the desired amount.
  • Scoring the top of the melted white chocolate before putting it into the fridge to set will help prevent the chocolate from cracking.

 

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85 Responses
  1. Melissa H From So. Fla.

    I totally blew it. I missed it ๐Ÿ™

    Is this how fans of yours behave? ha ha.

    Congrats on your appearance none-the-less.

  2. Paige Wood

    Did you see Sandra Lee trying to take your thunder? Doesn’t she get enought air time as it is? JK I can’t believe you were on Good Morning America!! I’m so proud of you and your cooking skills! Thanks for all the great recipes –miss ya!

    1. Linda Clark

      There are at least two others who agree with your comment about Sandra Lee taking over the show. But, it’s great that Lauren got to work with someone so famous, right?

  3. CoolBreeze

    I HAD to find the measurements for this recipe after seeing you on GMA. These bars look delectable! I don’t know who Sandra is but your bars are the ones I’ve been craving since watching this segment.

  4. Kathy (Marilyn's use to be neighbor)

    You have made my Christmas baking this year so easy and very delicious – Love your website, Thank You Lauren!

  5. Linda Clark

    Fabrulous Lauren! That’s you. Congratulations on such a fantastic experience. Let’s hope it’s just the beginning of big things for you.

  6. Marilyn Brennan

    These brownie bars are just fabulous. So original, adding cream cheese to the cooked brownies…you’re a genius! You did a fabulous job on TV. I’m proud of you!

  7. Genevive Retterath

    I found this blog through Facebook (a friend of mine posted it). After reading the article, I then clicked “Like” and reshared it myseld.

  8. Judy Egger

    Love how nice and easy this will be to use for a family gathering soon. Thanks for all of the wonderful receipes that you share with us.

  9. Nicole

    Once again, good job! You did great. To think that such an easy recipe is so yummy! Going to make it for my husbands office party this Friday!

  10. Sherry Lynn

    Lauren…congrats on your appearance on GMA. I am envious on your meeting Sandra Lee. Can’t wait to try the brownie cream cheese peppermint bars!