Brownie Cream Cheese Peppermint Bars

First of all, THANK YOU to all of you!!!! I definitely felt your support through the camera while we were taping! And of course there were all the Blog, Facebook and Twitter comments too! 🙂 This whole thing has been like a whirlwind and I need to catch up on a few things, let me tell you! But, until then, here is the recipe for those Brownie Cream Cheese Peppermint Bars (that Sam Champion LOVED!) and scroll down for a fabulous giveaway! A full recap of my trip is to come on Friday!

You can watch the video of me on GMA HERE !

Brownie Cream Cheese Peppermint Bars
yield: 12+
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Ingredients:
1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 family-sized box brownie mix
2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese
2 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons peppermint extract, divided
4 candy canes, crushed

Directions:
Make brownie batter according to package directions, but add 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.
Bake according to package directions and set aside to cool.
Spray a 9-by-13” rectangular pan with non-stick cooking spray and spread cookie dough along the bottom, creating an even layer. Bake cookie dough according to package directions, until edges are golden brown. Set aside to cool.
Once brownies have cooled, remove any hard edges and discard (or eat!). Scrape the rest of the baked brownies into a large bowl. Combine brownies with cream cheese to create a thick mixture that is generally uniform in color. Scoop this mixture onto the baked and cooled cookie dough. Smooth the top.
Over a double boiler, melt white chocolate and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Spread melted chocolate over the cookie-brownie mixture, sprinkle with candy canes and let cool. Once chocolate has hardened, cut into bars and enjoy!

Recipe TIPS:
When you are melting the chocolate you need to make sure it doesn’t get too hot or else it will seize up when you stir in the extract.
Imitation peppermint extract isn’t nearly as strong as alcohol or oil based extracts, so you’ll have to add more in to get a stronger peppermint flavor. You can taste as you go to get the desired amount.
Scoring the top of the melted white chocolate before putting it into the fridge to set will help prevent the chocolate from cracking.

GIVEAWAY TIME! In honor of me being on Good Morning American and having the opportunity to meet and chat with Sandra Lee, I’m giving away a copy of her cookbook “The Complete Cookbook” filled with hundreds of her great recipes. And, did I mentioned it was signed?

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  1. I totally blew it. I missed it 🙁

    Is this how fans of yours behave? ha ha.

    Congrats on your appearance none-the-less.

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  2. ps….I just watched the video and you did great!

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  3. You did a great job! How fun to be on a national morning show!

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  4. Congratulations. This is awesome! I’m not home in the mornings to watch on TV, but the video was great!

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  5. I saw the clip, you looked great!!

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  6. Great job, it looks great.

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  7. I saw the clip on GMA. It was great, and the bars look super yummy. I can’t wait to make them!

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  8. I’m so proud of you, and I too can’t wait to make these 🙂

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  9. Yep, I was watching! They (and you!) looked fantastic. Can’t wait to try them.

    hookemhil at gmail.com

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  10. I don’t have tv, but I watched the clip later and you did an amazing job. I also follow you on facebook and twitter.

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  11. Did you see Sandra Lee trying to take your thunder? Doesn’t she get enought air time as it is? JK I can’t believe you were on Good Morning America!! I’m so proud of you and your cooking skills! Thanks for all the great recipes –miss ya!

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    • Paige, you’re so funny! We miss you too!

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    • There are at least two others who agree with your comment about Sandra Lee taking over the show. But, it’s great that Lauren got to work with someone so famous, right?

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  12. Posted this as my Facebook status. Do not know how to attach the link. Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook.

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  13. THese look amazing. I think I have found my cookie for my gift packages ! Thanks

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  14. I HAD to find the measurements for this recipe after seeing you on GMA. These bars look delectable! I don’t know who Sandra is but your bars are the ones I’ve been craving since watching this segment.

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  15. Way to go on GMA, you are a natural! And thankyou for all the amazing recipes!!

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  16. Awesome job Lauren!! So proud of you.

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  17. I think I’m going to try and make those bars today with my Mom they looked so tasty!!! And again you were wonderdul!

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  18. I’m going to try making the bars in the next few days with my Mom. We can’t wait to try them.

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  19. You have made my Christmas baking this year so easy and very delicious – Love your website, Thank You Lauren!

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  20. Fabrulous Lauren! That’s you. Congratulations on such a fantastic experience. Let’s hope it’s just the beginning of big things for you.

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  21. Lauren, I am so proud of you! You are such a talented cook! I love your blog, and Sandra Lee! I hope I win!

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  22. p.s. i think you are WELL on your way to have your own cooking show one day!

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  23. These brownie bars are just fabulous. So original, adding cream cheese to the cooked brownies…you’re a genius! You did a fabulous job on TV. I’m proud of you!

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  24. I found this blog through Facebook (a friend of mine posted it). After reading the article, I then clicked “Like” and reshared it myseld.

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  25. You were awesome! By the way, I’m a huge fan of your Halloween Oreo pumpkin cheesecakes!

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  26. I loved watching you on TV and I’m stoked to try your recipe! Work it, girl! p.s. I really want that cookbook!!! 😉

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  27. follow you on GFC – super congrats on the GMA gig and meeting Sandra Lee – one of my very FAVES! Thank you!

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  28. Pick Me! I’m your greatest fan!

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  29. Love how nice and easy this will be to use for a family gathering soon. Thanks for all of the wonderful receipes that you share with us.

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  30. Hubby and I saw you on tv…you were awesome!

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  31. Twitter follower (@rae1124) You did an awesome job!! Congrats!

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  32. I am going to make these for Christmas. Sound yummy!

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  33. Once again, good job! You did great. To think that such an easy recipe is so yummy! Going to make it for my husbands office party this Friday!

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  34. I follow you on facebook!

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  35. I am so excited to make these – I can’t wait for my family to try them! 🙂

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  36. Lauren…congrats on your appearance on GMA. I am envious on your meeting Sandra Lee. Can’t wait to try the brownie cream cheese peppermint bars!

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  37. Lauren, You were so great. I’ll be making these for sure if I can just find the sugar cookie dough!!

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  38. I’m a new GFC follower (chris k./bert501)
    bert501 AT hotmail DOT com

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