Confession: I love to bake. Confession: I love to eat what I bake. The only problem I face is having an entire batch of cookies sit in my apartment, waiting to be consumed and if they don’t make it out in time…they will be consumed. I’ve figured out the solution to my baking addiction. Create whatever concoction I see fit, then share with my roommates and bring the remaining batch to work. Yes, I’m that lovely person tempting you away from your holiday diet.
The saying goes that you can bake your way into a person’s heart. Actually, this concept may be a deal-breaker if my future boyfriend/fiancé/husband does not like sweets or like to share. Then again, maybe I wouldn’t eat as many. But who really knows.
Sure you may not be able to make your best friends by handing out See’s candies in your college dorm (guilty as charged…my mom said it would work) but bringing in the baked goods every now and then never hurts, especially if it’s a celebratory occasion.
Every day I probably bookmark at least 5-10 recipes (let’s say 6 because that’s a grand number) that I want to make. The reality is that I probably make 1 out of every 20 recipes and this statistic gets worse and worse as time goes on. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and the Junk in ‘da Trunk cookies are always a hit.
So, in order to break the mold of my usual Junk in Da Trunk cookies or classic chocolate chip cookie bar, I purchased a pack of Funfetti Oreos. Whoa, purchasing cookies is your solution? Hear me out. Oreos are one of those items that immediately bring me back to my childhood. I had seen a recipe on Pinterest for the classic sandwich – Oreo Truffles – and thought it would be a hit in the office. As I treated myself to a few Oreos throughout the week, I realized I needed to make a recipe soon and I probably wasn’t going to get around to that truffle idea. I had also used up most of the cream cheese for my weekly bagels, so plan foiled.
Then came Santacon, a weekend of Santas, celebrations, and holiday festivities. I considered making peppermint bark – a family classic – but then realized I’d have to buy even more ingredients; not cool for someone who likes to use her food money on Kate Spade and gym memberships. That’s when it hit me – why not create an OREO BARK?? It’s simple, everyone loves chocolate, everyone in their right mind loves Oreos, and it will get the sugary stuff out of my apartment!
Oreo Celebratory Bark
Enough for 1 Hungry Party
- 1.5 bag dark chocolate
- 1.5 bag white chocolate
- ½ box of Oreos (your choice) ~2 rows
- Optional toppings/mix-ins: nuts, marshmallows, candies i.e. M&M’s, peppermint, pretzels, etc. (These can be substituted/added for the Oreos)
- Take a baking sheet/casserole dish and line it with parchment paper
- Pour the dark chocolate into a saucepan/double boiler and begin to melt. If you are planning to add some mix-ins (nuts, etc.) make sure to crumble into chocolate mixture.
- When melted, spread dark chocolate over the parchment paper and smooth over with a spatula. Feel free to tilt the tray/pan to even out. Place in the fridge for about 10-20 minutes.
- *If you would like to create a marbled effect, do not cool in the fridge. Simply pour the white chocolate mixture on top and stir lightly with a knife.
- Repeat melting process with white chocolate.
- Crumble Oreos (any topping) over the white chocolate as it cools.
- Place the tray in the fridge until solidified ~1hour+
- When ready to serve, take out of the fridge and break with a knife, your hand, or hammer – whatever suits your fancy 🙂
The verdict? Certainly a crowd-pleaser and I’m already brainstorming different combinations, probably based on previous magazine creations. They also happened to be a pretty big hit on Instagram. Let’s be real, we all base our lives on how many “likes” we get via Facebook or Instagram 😉 Just kidding. Maybe.
How do you feel about Peppermint Bark? Did you eat Oreos as a kid?