Dreamy Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Sometimes you just need to have a good, quick, festive treat in your arsenal, that’s also incredibly yummy.

These are that.  This is it.  Here it is.

I have become slightly obsessed with mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped cream together lately.  It’s basically the perfect dessert in my book.  A little like cheesecake, a little like mousse, and a little like frosting.  Anything that can cover all those bases in one spoonful has my vote.

So I did what any normal person would do.

I slathered it all over the top of a cookie bar.

I did something very similar a while back with these Dreamy Oreo Brownies…remember?

But this time I switched it up and made it holiday-ish.

And I used Candy Cane Kisses, which are my December addiction…

So let’s talk Dreamy Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars…

Squares of peppermint cookie bars on a red and green holiday-themed tableFirst, you are going to start this whole situation with a short-cut…
A tube-shaped package of Peppermint Sugar Cookie doughPillsbury has done all the heavy lifting here and made Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough.
Thanks guys.

(If you can’t find this dough, no problem..I have a simple fix in the recipe below)

Just spread it all in a 9×13 pan.
Peppermint sugar cookie dough pressed into a 9x13 baking dishBake it up and let it cool completely…
Baked peppermint cookie bars in a 9x13 baking dishMeanwhile make some whipped cream…Red KitchenAid stand mixer with whisk attachment

Then mix your powdered sugar and cream cheese together…

I did double bowl duty, using one bowl for the whipped cream, the other for the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Next chop up some of those Candy Cane Kisses and add them into the cream cheese/powdered sugar mixture…
Collage of 3 photos of chopped candy cake kisses being added to a stand mixer bowlMix those in all nice-like…
Peppermint cream cheese frosting on a stand mixer bladeFold in your whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and spread it on top of your cooked cookie…
Peppermint cream cheese frosting being spread over peppermint cookie bars in a 9x13 baking dishThen all you have to do is chill it for a bit and eat!
A hand holding a square of peppermint cookie bars with peppermint cream cheese frosting
And eat, and eat and eat…


Dreamy Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars


makes 24 bars



  • 1 “Value Size” Roll of Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough (*See NOTES for alterations if you can’t find the Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough)
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped Candy Cane Kisses (about half a bag)
  • 8 oz heavy cream, whipped into whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick spray
  3. Press pre-made dough into pan and bake approx 25 minutes until just set.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. Whip heavy cream 1 1/2 – 2 minutes until stiff peaks form, set aside.
  6. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add chopped Candy Cane Kisses into the cream cheese mixture and stir until combined.
  8. Fold in whipped cream until evenly combined.
  9. Spread on top of cookie and chill for at least an hour before cutting into squares.


store refrigerated for up to 3 days.

If you can’t find the Peppermint Sugar Cookie dough, you can crush up 1 cup of peppermint candies or candy canes and knead them into a roll of sugar cookie dough.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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June 21, 2013 10:12 pm

I just made these and they came out great.Thank you Shelly,for introducing me to one of my favorite cookie recipes!! I had featured U in tne post of Top 7 Charming Cookies with Pretty Appearance and Palatable Flavor on AllFreshRecipes.Looking forward to ur more fantastic Eats!

March 5, 2013 5:22 pm

I made these at Christmas time and they were to die for. I went back to the store and bought 2 more tubes of cookie dough just so I would have enough to make more.

Lisa Frazier
December 24, 2012 4:28 pm

I made these last night & they are soo dreamy!! I couldn’t find that cookie dough so I just used 2 regular sized sugar cookie dough packs then added 1 tsp of peppermint extract, 6 Tbsp of flour & 6-7 crushed up candy canes (from an old Pampered Chef recipe I had called Candy Cane bars-these were better!!). Oh my- your frosting is to die for! I just love your recipes Shelly 🙂

December 23, 2012 12:55 am

So, I haven’t actually tried these yet (the eating, not the making) but I have tasted each part along the way. 😉 I have not been able to find candy cane kisses this year (what?!?) so I substituted some white chocolate and candy canes pulverized in the blender. Mixed with the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped cream, the topping is divine. Like I could just sit on the couch with the bowl in my lap and a spoon. Also, I used an 11×14 jelly roll pan instead so I could get more cookies from the recipe. There was plenty… Read more »

December 17, 2012 10:48 pm

These look so yummy!! I am so going to make and share these!! I am having trouble finding the cookie dough…do you have a suggestion for a substitute? Is there crunchy peppermint in the dough or more of a creamy peppermint chip? Add peppermint extract? Do you think you could add peppermint to a ready made dough and get the same result? Thanks so much!!!

December 17, 2012 1:40 pm

Love peppermint and love sugar cookies. I don’t think these would last until Christmas! I have to agree with you cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped cream make a perfect topping for, well, anything! Then you added some peppermint, seriously awesome.

December 16, 2012 8:23 pm

Oh my gosh YES. If we weren’t driving 15 hours for Christmas, I would totally be bringing these with me…

December 16, 2012 7:59 pm

Where has that cookie dough been all my life??

December 16, 2012 6:44 pm

Sweet dreams indeed!

December 16, 2012 3:47 pm

Eat and Eat and eat til I fall over you mean. My goodness I don’t think I’ve ever been this intrigued by a cookie bar before! And I love the cookie dough shortcut – always a plus when things get hectic. Yum!

December 16, 2012 11:19 am

yum! pillsbury makes peppermint sugar cookies– must get some now 🙂

December 16, 2012 10:43 am

These look totally amazing, pinning now to try later!

December 16, 2012 10:34 am

These do sound dreamy! Love the frosting layer on top. I haven’t seen this cookie dough yet in the stores. I’m off to go look. Thanks!

December 16, 2012 10:17 am

I came to your site to find a quick but sinful recipe for a dinner party tonight! I didn’t even have to use the archives!! I’m using this first recipe 🙂

December 15, 2012 9:53 pm

Yum! I love starting out a recipe with a short cut!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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