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WHITE CHOCOLATE BARK

Tonight was our Christmas cookie exchange with some girlfriends of mine. It was SO delicious and I’m not at all ashamed to admit I ate cookies for dinner. However, going into tonight, I was a bit unsure of what to bring knowing there are only so many ways to decorate a Christmas sugar cookie. Instead, I opted for a festive holiday chocolate bark that may or may not be making an appearance as a homemade gift for other friends and family this Christmas.

This recipe is so quick and easy, I just had to share it. I made two batches (one for myself of course) in about 30 minutes, so if you’re tight on time or just want a pretty dessert to display at your holiday party, this is the perfect treat.

After the first simple steps, you’ll come out with this beautiful creation, but it only gets better from here!

Meltdown your bittersweet chocolate in 30-second increments, but don’t be afraid to check it before then. Since you’re only heating a few ounces, it will be really easy to burn.

Give it a stir often to prevent scorching and keep at it until it runs smooth like this.

Now it’s time to drizzle! Dip the tines of a fork in the melted dark chocolate and give it a shake to avoid those globs. Then, just wave the fork in a sweeping motion over the pan in a single direction until you’ve covered the entire pan. Repeat, going the opposite direction so you get a sort of crisscrossed pattern.

This is also a fun recipe to try with kids or family because everyone can help out. No fuss, no mess, and it’s delicious. Happy holiday baking!

WHITE CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY BARK

Cook Time- 15 min
Total Time- 15 min

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 package white chocolate bark or vanilla candy coating
  2. 1/2 cup to 1 cup dried cranberries
  3. 1/2 cup to 1 cup slivered almonds
  4. 4 oz Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Break white chocolate almond bark into small squares and heat in microwave for 30 second increments until smooth, stirring between each increment.
  • Line rimmed cookie sheet with wax paper and pour melted white chocolate onto cookie sheet, using rubber spatula to spread into even layer
  • Sprinkle desired amount of dried cranberries and almonds, pressing into chocolate so that it sets evenly. (If avoiding nuts for allergies, you can substitute rice cereal).
  • Allow bark to set at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes until mostly set.
  • Meanwhile, heat 3-4oz of bittersweet chocolate squares in small bowl at 30 second increments, stirring often to prevent burning.
  • Using a fork, dip into hot melted chocolate and drizzle dark chocolate over bark.
  • Chill for 5 minutes or until dark chocolate is set.
  • Now comes the fun part! Pull slab of bark off wax paper, break into pieces and serve, or box up as gifts. These will keep at room temperature for about 1-2 weeks.
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