Holiday Cookie Countdown: Strawberries ‘n Creme Bark

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Every year, I put one bark recipe in the series because it’s such a pretty addition to any cookie platter. I have to tell year, last year’s Salted Caramel Pretzel Barkwas pretty much the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

This year, I love the idea of having something red and white amidst a tray full of chocolate-ish cookies. Sure, there’s the traditional peppermint bark, but I found these freeze-dried strawberry slices at Target and wondered if they might be the perfect red for my red and white idea.

Oh. My. Gosh.

Are they ever. This bark could not be any easier, but it is such a refreshing something different for the holidays. My kids deemed this one their favorite of the whole Holiday Cookie Countdown this year, which is laughable because it takes all of five minutes to make.

The freeze-dried strawberries don’t taste all that great by themselves. (They’re not all that sweet.) But when paired with the almond bark they add just the right hint of strawberry without being cloyingly sweet.

This one really is more than the sum of it’s humble parts. And (bonus!) it would be great for Valentine’s Day too!

p.s. I found my freeze-dried strawberries at Target (near the raisins). Be careful as they sell slices and whole ones — you want the slices.

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Strawberries ‘n Creme Bark

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Strawberries ‘n Creme Bark

Ingredients

20 ounces white almond bark

1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberry slices (I used Archer Farms from Target)

Instructions

Melt chocolate according to package directions. On a parchment or silpat-lined pan, arrange half of dried strawberries. (I used an 11x17 jelly roll pan, but only filled about 2/3 of it.) Pour melted chocolate over strawberries. (They will shift around a bit, but use a spatula to immerse them. You want these to be covered in chocolate.) Garnish with remaining strawberries on top. Let cool completely and set up before cutting to desired serving size.

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