Mocha Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookie Bars

28 Nov

If someone said Christmas cookies, I’m on it!  I love the Christmas season so much that I like to start packing in the cheer as early as possible for maximum enjoyment.  I’m not ashamed to admit I had white and colored Christmas lights strewn around my room several weeks ago, and Christmas tunes on my ipod even before that.  I thought once or twice about starting in on Christmas baking before Thanksgiving, even though I clearly have a thing for Thanksgiving pumpkin, cranberry, and pecan creations.  I contained myself.  I do love Thanksgiving, afterall!

However, now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, has been lived and enjoyed to the fullest, and the turkey leftovers have been devoured, I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever adding candy canes to cookies.  No problems belting out Christmas music while working off holiday dinners at the gym, and slim to no issues with getting my hands on as much Soy Nog as humanly possible.  I actually have zero to slightly fewer than that problems with Nog.  I love the stuff!  Also, these cookies smell amazingggggg…..

Cookie?  Brownie?  Chocolate cookie? Cookie brownie?  Semantics.  Regardless of the fact that these bars owe their rich chocolate color to cocoa powder and mocha cappuccino mix, the texture is much more like a cookie bar than a brownie.  Just to make things right in the world, I laced them with candy cane peppermint goodness, a dash of holiday cheer (not THAT kind!) and called it a day!

Get with the holidays!  Get your tree, hang as many lights as you can find, hand-write Christmas cards to loved ones, guzzle Nog, sing Christmas carols way off key, watch made for tv holiday specials over and over until you can’t handle it anymore, and make these cookies! =)

Mocha Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

* 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
* 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
* 1/4 Cup Mocha Cappuccino Mix
* 1 tsp Baking Soda
* 1 tsp Salt
* 1 Cup Butter Flavored Shortening
* 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
* 1/2 Cup Sugar
* 2 Large Eggs
* 1 tsp Double Strength Cooled Coffee (I used french pressed Starbucks iced coffee blend)
* 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
* About 6 Peppermint Candy Canes, crushed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F. Line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper or a panpat.

Beat together the shortening, brown sugar, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in the coffee.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the cocoa powder and mocha cappuccino mix.

Slowly add the dry to the wet, mixing and scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.

Stir in the chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Smooth into prepared pan, leveling the surface.
Bake about 25 minutes, depending on your oven, but DON’T over bake! Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Happy Holidays! 

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8 Responses to “Mocha Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookie Bars”

  1. darren November 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Lookin good! The blue actually works well with this set too. All snowy and stuff.

    • Stacy November 30, 2011 at 9:20 am #

      Thanks, Darren! I kinda liked the wintery-ness of these, too, so I was hoping you wouldn’t completely disapprove after our conversation! =)

  2. Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath November 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    These are absolutely perfect – beautiful and well made!

    • Stacy December 1, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks, Sydney! I’m happy to hear it!

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    oh wow, these look rich, decadent, moist…thick. Everything I’d want in a brownie. YUM!

    • Stacy December 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      I definitely agree- if you’re going to make a dessert, it should definitely be all of those things! Love your comments, Averie, thanks so much for taking the time to leave them! =)

  4. Living, Learning, Eating December 4, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I love Christmas, it’s the best! I know this sounds strange, but the first picture with all the ingredients in the bowl, is the yummiest picture of them all. 😛

    • Stacy December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

      I agree, 100%!! That’s my favorite photo, too! =)

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