Red velvet cookie bars with peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Red velvet cookie bars
With peppermint cream cheese frosting

Cookie Friday: Red Velvet cookie bars With peppermint cream cheese frosting

If you are not in the Christmas spirit these red velvet cookie bars will get you there. I have been making them  for the last 3 years. By the way,  a nice hot toddy or hot chocolate, goes really well with this. The hot toddy was perfect last night for the T.V foodie night with scandal. Have a great weekend !

 

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Add food coloring and cocoa powder into cookie mixture

Press dough firm into pam

Press dough firm into pan

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Spread cream cheese frosting over the bars

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Sprinkle crushed peppermint over the frosting

Total Time 1 hr 20 min 

Ingredients

Red velvet cookie bars

1 box of sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup of  unsweetened cocoa

1/4 cup of butter  softened

1 tablespoon of red food coloring

1/4 cup of cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

30-50 peppermint candies crushed

 Cream cheese frosting

4 ounces unsalted butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of peppermint extract

Directions 

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
  2. Form dough into a giant ball and press firmly in 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 12-19 min or until toothpick comes out clean. Take out and cool.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract. And set aside.
  5. Once bars are cool , frost with cream cheese, and sprinkle with crushed peppermints. And serve.