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Peppermint Crumb Squares

Although I have a boxful of recipes, I often opt to make up my own. My granddaughter likes to eat these bars when she visits.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla or white chips
  • 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candies


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour; beat until crumbly. Press 2 cups into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; set remaining crumb mixture aside. Bake the crust at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
  • In a heavy saucepan or microwave, heat milk and vanilla chips until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over hot crust and spread evenly. Combine the candy and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over top.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 116 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • delowenstein
    Feb 21, 2015

    I made this recipe for the first time. I used 12 oz. package of chocolate chips, melted with the sweetened condensed milk instead of the vanilla or white chips! I used my double boiler and melted the chocolate chips and condensed milk over boiling water which I stirred until smooth. I also measured out 2-1/2 cups of crumb mixture for the crust and pressed in a greased and floured 13x9x2" E-Z Foil baking pan. I'd gradually added the all-purpose flour to the butter/sugar creamed mixture, and for finer crumbs, it helps to rub the particles between your hands to make the crumbs smaller! I did use the 2/3 cup crushed Starlight peppermint candies and if the crushed candies have gotten hard, press with your hands to separate the candy particles!I baked the crust 10 minutes, then I poured chocolate filling over hot crust; spread evenly.I then sprinkled the combined peppermint candy/reserved crumb mixture over the filling and baked 20 minutes or until lightly browned. I found that this recipe actually makes up to 30 bars! I made this for friends and purposely have left the pan of bars uncut! This way, the folks can just enjoy the bars as needed! Thank you for this recipe! I put it to use for the Ingredient Challenge recipes calling for Crumbs! delowenstein

  • jslvsclf
    Dec 22, 2013

    I have a mini food processor I use frequently for nuts, and thinking I could use that for the peppermints, I was wrong..I broke the machine! Thankfully, though, I had some pecans I had chopped in it (saved), I used them instead. I also used the whole crust instead of saving some for the topping. All in all, this was very good. Thank you!,