Recipe courtesy of Dorothy Kern

Brownie Peppermint Bark

Bark is my favorite thing to make at the holidays. It's so easy! We love peppermint bark in our house (my daughter even came up with an Oreo Peppermint Bark last year that became one of the most popular recipes on my blog), and the brownie crust on this treat takes it over the top. The brownie crust is thinner than a regular brownie, so with the peppermint bark layer on top it's the perfect Christmas candy!
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 cups
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1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 large egg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

11 1/2 to 12 ounces white chocolate chips (about 2 cups)

1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 6 regular-sized)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch pan with cooking spray or line with foil and spray with cooking spray for easy cleanup.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the vegetable oil, sugar, and cocoa powder with a wooden spoon. Stir in the egg, salt, and vanilla. Carefully stir in the flour. The mixture will be thick.
  3. Spread the batter in a thin layer in the prepared pan. It's easiest to use your hands, but since the dough will be sticky, you should spray them with cooking spray. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through; a toothpick inserted along the edge of the pan should come out clean. Cool completely in the pan before continuing.
  4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl: Heat them on 50 percent power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until smooth. Spread in an even layer over the brownie crust. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top. Refrigerate to harden, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Best eaten at room temperature.

Cook’s Note

This recipe is not limited to candy canes! Use any candy you love. Or dress it up for different holidays by using colored sprinkles. The sky's the limit.