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Candy Cane Shortbread Bars

I created these bars for my daughter, who loves peppermint. The buttery shortbread texture just melts in your mouth. It’s a hit wherever I take it. —Susan Ciuffreda, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • BUTTERCREAM:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 9 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 regular)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and extract. Gradually beat in flour. Press evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake 16-19 minutes or until edges are brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • In a bowl, combine buttercream ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over shortbread. Carefully spread white chocolate over top. Sprinkle with candy canes; let stand until set.
  • Lifting with parchment, remove shortbread from pan. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 265 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • ksandjs1
    Apr 9, 2020

    No comment left

  • Melissa
    Dec 22, 2019

    These bars are absolutely incredible and the recipe could not get any easier! Definitely a go to Christmas treat in my house. 10/10!

  • heg351
    Dec 21, 2015

    If you like peppermint you will love this. It was good.

  • slamela
    Nov 25, 2015

    Yummy and easy to make!