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.

Frosted Candy Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Frosted Candy Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) 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

Directions

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

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

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.

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

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.

Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl.

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.

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

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