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Monday, November 22, 2010

Candy Cane Kisses Cookie Bark

Remember when I raved about the Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses? Well, I loved them so much I searched until I found a recipe HERE that used them.

This morning, I grabbed my always-ready-to-help-Mommy-in-the-kitchen helper...

... along with:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted, room temp butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
2 ounces white chocolate

And we got started.

Preheat oven to 350. Then spray a 13x9 metal baking pan with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper so that there is overhang on the sides. (This will help you remove your bars later with ease.)

Whisk together flour and salt. Jeb took care of that.

Next, beat butter in mixer until creamy. Gradually add in sugar and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, egg yolk, and finally flour/salt mixture until all is blended nicely. This is what ours looked like.

Drop by rounded spoonsful onto the parchment paper and using, moistened fingertips, press down in pan to form even layer. Pierce all over the top with a fork and place into oven for 30 minutes or until top becomes light, golden brown.

When done, remove from oven and immediately cover top of cookie layer with your chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) and let stand for 3-4 minutes so they can melt. Then using a spatula or spoon, spread the now melted chocolate into a thin layer all over the top.

Now immediately sprinkle your chopped Kisses over the top of the chocolate. Don't spread.

Next melt 2 ounces of white chocolate and drizzle it all over the top. Pop into fridge and let set up, probably 30-45 minutes. Jeb grew quite restless and bored during the waiting period. The Slaughter children do not possess the virtue of patience. I have no idea where they get that.... or don't get that, rather. (Yeah, he's wearing an apron. Don't judge.)

Once chilled, remove from fridge and, using the parchment paper overhang, transfer to a work surface.

Cut into irregular pieces, and you're done. Serve away.

Aren't they just beautifully festive? And they're yummy, too. Let me know if you try them!