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Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

Peppermint Divinity Bars

Make this recipe all the way through without stopping, spreading the warm divinity onto a still-warm cookie base. If the divinity is too cool, it will tear the cookie base as you spread it.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 32 bars
  • Hands-on:50 Minutes
  • Total:2 Hours, 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • Parchment paper
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup crushed hard peppermint candies, divided

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together first 3 ingredients.

2. Split vanilla bean; scrape seeds into bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Add butter and 1 cup sugar; beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Add flour mixture; beat until blended.

3. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease parchment paper. Press dough into bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

4. Meanwhile, stir together corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and remaining 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250° (7 to 8 minutes).

5. While syrup cooks, beat egg whites at medium speed, using whisk attachment, until foamy.

6. When syrup reaches 250°, beat egg whites at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. While mixer is running, gradually add hot syrup to egg whites. Increase speed to high; beat until stiff peaks form. (Mixture should still be warm.) Add vanilla and peppermint extracts, and beat at medium speed just until combined. Fold in 1/2 cup peppermint candies.

7. Working quickly, spread mixture on warm cookie base, using a butter knife or offset spatula. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup crushed peppermints, and cool.

8. Lift mixture from pan, using parchment paper sides as handles; cut into 32 bars.

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