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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! 🙂 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.