Dolce Mangia
Sweet Eats
Peppermint Bars
1 (17.5 oz) package  sugar cookie mix
2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
4 egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 t  peppermint extract
1/2 c crushed peppermint candies
White Chocolate Ganache
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Lightly grease foil; set pan aside.

Crust: In a large bowl, stir together cookie mix and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, and peppermint extract. Stir in crushed candies. Carefully pour filling over hot crust. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until filling is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until completely cool.
Pour White Chocolate Ganache over top, spreading evenly. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until firm. Using the edges of the foil, lift cookies out of pan. Cut into bars.

Store: Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

White Chocolate Ganache: In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 c whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add 6 ozs chopped white baking chocolate with cocoa butter (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool about 5 minutes.

Time: 4 hours Serves: 24-36

Warning: These bars are addictive. We call these bars peppermint crack.
 
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