Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Peppermint Bar Cookies

We don't have desert very often around here, but Morgan was really itching to cook something. I think he felt a little left out of not helping much with our Thanksgiving feast. He'd had every intention of helping to make a few of the treats we had then, but he got very caught up in other festivities of the day.  We had the supplies in the pantry for chocolate chip cookies, so the other day that's what he decided he'd make.

Only, we also had some candy canes in the cupboard another little boy was itching to eat, so I thought the best thing to do was to combine the two. The chef was on board so after they opened up all the candy canes we whizzed them in the food processor until they were small chunks.

Morgan whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. We've always used the Nestle recipe except that we sub coconut sugar for both white & brown sugar called for in the recipe. I also had them sub coconut oil for the butter because they wanted me to eat some & I can't have dairy. Normally we just sub half the butter for coconut oil. I had them sub the eggs too because I can't have those, but you don't have to do any of that.  Mix up according to the normal directions. Then we mixed in the crushed up candy cane.

He used the largest rectangular pan in the cupbard which is smaller then a sheet cake pan, but larger then an 8x11. How's that for exact? Spread the cookies evenly into the pan. We also had some dairy free chocolate in the pantry that we were going to use for Thanksgiving & hadn't. I figured he might as well use that too, so we whizzed that through the food processor as well & then he sprinkled it evenly across the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes,  cool.

Incase you couldn't tell from the picture you'll probably have to move pretty quickly to get one. The guys devoured them & then each lamented the few they got. I ate one & then paid the price for eating wheat. The only thing I forgot to have them sub. It was tasty until the migraine took me out! I think it would have looked prettier if he'd sprinkled candy cane on top of the melted chocolate, but you know they just care how totally awesome they taste. They didn't even care that I pulled out my special snowman plate...


Mel said...

Oh I must cook more with my young ones :)
What happened to the popcorn maker?

Kendra said...

I think we over used it! LOL I dunno, it was a Breville too, but we did have it for 6 years & often ran it 2x in a row without cooling it down. It just burnt popcorn instead of popping it one day. Alas..