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Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

These Peppermint Sugar Cookies are a simple celebration of peppermint flavor in a quick and easy treat. Just add sprinkles!

Peppermint sugar cookie bars topped with holiday sprinkles.

Easy Peppermint Sugar Cookies

One of the holiday season’s favorite flavors is peppermint. While there are no candy canes here, you’ll find a lovely kick of peppermint flavor in these Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars.

These beauties start with a simple sugar cookie dough that’s spread into a thin layer in a baking pan. This means there’s no need for scooping dough and baking multiple pans of cookies. Then, they’re topped with a simple frosting flavored with peppermint for a burst of flavor.

Peppermint sugar cookie bars on colorful plates.

As you might expect from a frosted sugar cookie, these bars are pretty sweet. They’re a little further onto the sweet side of the spectrum than the things I usually bake, but I do like this kind of indulgence now and then.

I like to garnish these bars with some fun sprinkles, although big-time peppermint fans may want to sprinkle some crushed peppermint candy on top to take them over the top. You can decorate however you like, by just sprinkling them on top or creating a pattern. In the ones you see here, I arranged the sprinkles in circles of varying size. It’s easy to do with some round cutters to guide you, and it creates a fun and pretty effect.

Peppermint sugar cookie bars on a white tray.

I love the simplicity of these bars. They’re so easy to make that you can have them mixed and in the oven in a matter of minutes. Honestly, I take more time obsessing about getting the frosting smooth and the sprinkles just so than I do in mixing the bars and the frosting.

These Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars look so pretty on a dessert tray, especially with some pretty sprinkles or crushed candy canes on top. They’re a perfect addition to your holiday baking!

Find more bar recipes in the Recipe Index.

There are so many easy sugar cookie recipes out there to try! I highly recommend these ones as well:

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Yield 24
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Peppermint lovers will adore these peppermint sugar cookie bars! They're a perfect treat for your Christmas cookie platter.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars topped with holiday sprinkles


For the cookie bars:

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups (275g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • sprinkles or crushed candy canes, for garnish


To make the cookie bars:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9"x 13" baking pan.
    2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
    4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
    5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. (Batter will be thin in the pan.) Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are browned and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

To make the frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the sugar and butter until thoroughly combined. Add 3 tablespoons cream and the peppermint extract. Continue beating, adding more cream a small amount at a time, until the frosting is the desired consistency.
  2. Spread the frosting on the cooled bars. If desired, garnish with sprinkles or crushed candy canes.


  • Yield: Makes 24 2-inch bars.

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    15 Comments on “Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars”

  1. This cookies look absolutely amazing. Definitely like something out of a magazine. Peppermint Sugar Cookies seem perfect for the Holidays. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

  2. In the ingredients for the FROSTING there is no flour listed. However in the directions it says to “…beat the sugar and FLOUR…

    I’m ready to make the frosting but hope you can quickly send me an email re that direction. I suspect it doesn’t need flour in the frosting…

  3. Hi! Looks awesome and I want to make for a huge party with my classmates this weekend. I have to make a couple days in advance, at what stage would you recommend freezing/refrigerating it? Before frosting or after?

    Also when creating those lovely designs with the sprinkles, did you do this before or after you cut them into individual servings?

  4. How do you cut the bars so perfectly and precisely and without disturbing toe beautiful sprinkles?

  5. Here’s a great way to cut bars without getting them all messed up. Fill a 4-cup glass measuring cup half full of water, then microwave it about 3 minutes. Then, dip your knife in a few seconds to heat it. Dry it on a paper towel, then slice the bars. You will need to re-heat the knife often if it’s a big pan of bars, so I use two knives, and alternate, leaving one in the hot water. Works great! Nice, clean slices.

  6. These bars look beautiful! Can’t wait to try them for Christmas! Thank you!

  7. I am making these cookies for xmas

  8. Will the icing spoil if left out for a few days? I would like to make these as well as others and give them away to customers but I have no control if they must be refrigerated. 

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