Light and crispy chocolate wafers dipped in peppermint-infused white chocolate and then sprinked with crushed candy canes…..these are the ultimate holiday cookie. Easy to make with only four ingredients and no baking required. You will have trouble keeping these around.
Catalog season is upon us my friends. It’s serious. I have piles of kindling lying all over the house because I want to give them all a chance to win my love. But I can’t keep up. Seriously. Everytime I open the mailbox, at least half a dozen more come falling out. It’s a little insane. I have my favorites that I page through during the evening and then there are those catalogs that only come around once a year….National Geographic, anyone. And of course, I have to see what they’re selling because I have a special place in my heart for things found around the world. But I always, always gravitate to those with food first. It’s my absolute favorite thing in the whole world….food is. So, I like to see what’s new in the world of good eats and culinary creations. I love to see what new cooking tools and photo props I can spend my whole paycheck on. That’s how I found the inspiration for these No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies.
The cookies I saw were completely drenched in smooth white chocolate, they were made from the same chocolate used for the famous Peppermint Bark everyone knows and loves. They looked to die for. I needed them immediately but didn’t feel like waiting two days for them to arrive. So, I raided the pantry and came up with this easy recipe anyone can make. Even an almost 4-year-old boy who has the attention span of a flea. Your kids will love helping with this one.
I used Ghirardelli Chocolate Melts and just threw them in the microwave for about a minute. Peppermint extract was added to the melted chocolate and then we dipped the top of the wafer to coat. Sprinkle with the crushed candy canes and allow to cool on a wire rack. Does it get any easier than that? They taste exactly like a Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie…..I kid you not. And if you know how addicting the Thin Mints are, you know that these will not last long in your house.
If you weren’t planning on baking this year but still want to give friends and family a gift from your kitchen, this is the one. You don’t have to roll dough, you can give your mixer a break and the gas (or electric bill) will not be boosted up because you had to heat the oven. The only problem you will have is getting these cookies to their new homes before you eat all of them yourself. They go really well on a holiday cookie tray with classics like these Magic Bars and my favorite biscotti of all time.
No-Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies
- 1 12 ounce package Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melts (or chopped good quality white chocolate)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (not imitation extract)
- 1 9 ounce package Chocolate Wafer Cookies
- 8 candy canes, crushed
- Pour the white chocolate into a small microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring after each cycle. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract.
- Dip the top of the wafer cookies in the chocolate to coat and set on a wire rack. Sprinkle with the candy canes and allow the cookies to cool until the chocolate is set.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.