That delicious dark and white chocolate peppermint candy called “bark” was the inspiration for these cookies. I thought I’d start with a base of chewy sugar cookie and add in the “bark” elements. My kids have said I’m being braggy, but every time I eat one of these, I cannot stop saying, “Yum!!”
I have used white chocolate and regular, old candy canes in this recipe. If you want or need to keep the recipe strictly paleo, you can add additional peppermint extract to the dough for that minty flavor and keep the topping to just the dark chocolate. They will still be absolutely delicious and super festive!
As with most recipes, it took me a few tries to get these just right, but one of the “near miss” versions was still pretty good. They’re what you see pictured directly above. I prefer the flatter cookies because they’re chewier. These puffier, more rounded ones are a little more cakey. Both are delicious and the only differences are that one uses maple syrup (the rounded ones) and the other uses honey (the flat one) and the fact that I actually used a spatula to flatten the flat ones. Confused? I’ll write this all in the notes below so you can choose flat or puffy. 🙂 The recipe as written below is for the flat ones, the ones I brag about being so good.