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.