October 26, 2023Review Recipe
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This peppermint Oreo bark recipe is a unique twist on classic Christmas peppermint bark. Using just three ingredients, creamy white chocolate is topped crushed Oreos and candy canes before being broken into pieces.
Oreo Peppermint Bark Ingredients
- 12 ounces of good quality white chocolate baking bars, broken into small pieces
- 6 full-size candy canes, crushed
- ½ cup of crushed Oreos (about 8-9 Oreos)
Ingredient Substitutions For Mint Oreo Bark
CANDY CANES: When substituting other candies for candy canes, consider the overall balance of mint in the recipe.
Peppermint hard candies are the closest in flavor to candy canes. For instance, Starlight mints – the red and white round striped peppermint candies – would work in this recipe.
While they have a different flavor profile from peppermint, crushed spearmint candies or wintergreen candies can be an alternative to candy canes.
If it’s the peppermint flavor you’re after and not necessarily the crunch, a few drops of peppermint extract can be added to the chocolate mixture. Be cautious, as it’s potent; start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
OREOS: This recipe calls for regular Oreo cookies, but you could get fancy and try this candy bark recipe with other flavors of Oreos too.
- Mint Oreo cookies provide both the mint flavor and the cookie crunch.
- Doubled Stuffed Oreos give you even more of that creamy goodness.
- Mocha Oreos combine the warm and robust flavors of coffee and chocolate with the refreshing taste of peppermint.
ADD-ONS: A light sprinkle of sea salt on top of the finished bark can enhance the flavors and add a salty contrast.
Meanwhile, the addition of mint M&Ms as a topping would provide added color, texture and taste.
How To Make this Peppermint Oreo Bark Recipe
PREP-WORK: Crush the Oreos and candy canes.
Using a Food Processor… If you have a food processor, you can use it to crush both candy canes and Oreos quickly. Just pulse until you achieve the desired consistency.
Using a Ziploc Bag… SEPARATELY, place unwrapped candy or Oreos in a Ziploc plastic bag. Seal it, leaving a small gap to let the air out.
Start by lightly tapping or pushing down to break them into larger pieces, then roll or pound them to your desired fineness.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Crushing can be a bit messy, so it’s a good idea to do it on a clean countertop or over a large bowl to catch any stray pieces.
STEP ONE: Melt chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler.
If using the double boiler, keep it on low heat. It should take about eight minutes to melt.
If you are using the microwave, be sure to do it in short bursts so you can check on the chocolate. You don’t want to burn it.
STEP TWO: Place a silicone baking mat or wax paper over a cookie sheet and pour the melted chocolate onto the sheet.
STEP THREE: Using a rubber spatula, spread the chocolate evenly across the cookie sheet to form a 9×12-inch rectangle that is ¼-inch thick.
STEP FOUR: Sprinkle crushed candy canes and Oreos on the chocolate.
Save any extra candy canes and crushed Oreos in a sealed bag to use another time. They make great ice cream toppings, too.
STEP FIVE: Take a piece of wax paper and gently press the sprinkled candy cane pieces and Oreos into the chocolate.
STEP SIX: Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes or until set.
STEP SEVEN: Break the chocolate into pieces.
How To Serve This Oreo Peppermint Bark
ON A CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD: Craft a Christmas-themed charcuterie board. Adorn it with this recipe for Christmas bark, as well as:
- Gingerbread truffles
- Christmas cheesecake
- Fresh cranberries
- Chocolate-covered strawberry Christmas trees
- Christmas mints
- Candy canes
- Christmas sugar cookies
- Reindeer pretzels
IN GIFT BAGS: Break the bark into pieces and place them in clear cellophane bags tied with Christmas ribbons. These make great gifts for friends, family, and coworkers.
How to Make This Oreo Peppermint Bark a Great Christmas Gift
If you’re thinking of giving this Oreo peppermint bark as a holiday gift or in a cookie exchange, here are some ideas to make it stand out:
Themed Packaging Ideas:
- Use holiday-themed boxes or traditional cookie tins to package your bark. Line the boxes with festive tissue paper or parchment. Layer the bark inside.
- Use a clear jar or container. Tie a ribbon around the jar for a festive touch.
- Add the bark to little gift buckets filled with various candies, cookies, and treats. Include a small packet of hot chocolate mix.
Recipe Cards: Include a printout of this recipe or a link to the post with each package. This way, recipients will know what’s in the bark (for allergy considerations) and can recreate it if they wish.
Decorative Labels: Attach decorative labels or tags to your packages with the name of the bark.
Add a brief description, e.g., “Oreo Peppermint Bark – A delightful blend of Oreos, white chocolate, and peppermint.”
Storing Christmas Bark
Before storing, ensure that your Christmas bark has completely cooled and set. This will prevent it from becoming soft or sticky in storage.
ON THE COUNTER/IN THE FRIDGE: Transfer the bark pieces to an airtight container. This will protect the bark from moisture and other contaminants as well as help retain its freshness.
If you’re storing multiple layers of bark in one container, place a sheet of parchment or wax paper between each layer. This prevents the pieces from sticking together.
Make sure you place it in a cool, dry place and it will stay fresh for one to two weeks. If your home is particularly warm or humid, consider storing the bark in the refrigerator to ensure it remains crisp.
Before serving, let it come to room temperature before serving for the best flavor and texture.
IN THE FREEZER: If you want to store the bark for an extended period, you can freeze it for up to three months.
Place the bark in a freezer-safe airtight container or zip-top bag, separating layers with parchment paper.
It’s a good idea to label the container with the date and contents. This way, you’ll know how long it’s been stored and can ensure you’re consuming it while it’s still fresh.
When ready to eat, remove from the freezer and let it thaw to room temperature before serving.
Why We Love White Chocolate Oreo Peppermint Bark
IMPRESSIVE: Its colors and flavors capture the essence of the holiday season, making it a perfect treat or homemade gift for Christmas.
EASY: Despite its simplicity in preparation, the final product looks sophisticated, making it seem like you spent hours in the kitchen.
TWIST ON TRADITION: While many holiday desserts are steeped in tradition, peppermint Oreo bark offers a modern twist, combining classic Christmas flavors in a novel way.
CROWD-PLEASER: It’s a hit with both adults and children, ensuring there’s rarely any left at the end of your Christmas party.
This simple recipe would work either with generic chocolate creme sandwich cookies, regular Oreos, or even a different flavor of sandwich cookies.
These delicious treats will keep well sealed in an airtight container for up to three months.
This bark has plenty of possibilities. While this traditional version is peppermint flavored, there are plenty of other candy cane flavors you could try out.
This peppermint Oreo bark looks as good as it tastes. The bright peppermints and dark Oreos contrast against the white chocolate.
Thankfully, with just three simple ingredients, it’s a Christmas recipe that is easy to prepare and present. That makes it ideal for entertaining and serves as the perfect DIY holiday gift.
More Peppermint Recipes
- Layered Peppermint Fudge
- Candy Cane Fudge
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Candy Cane Cupcakes
- Peppermint Cheesecakes
- Chocolate Mint Cheesecake
Peppermint Oreo Bark
- 12 ounces good quality white chocolate baking bars, broken into small pieces
- 6 full-size candy canes, crushed
- ½ cup crushed Oreos, about 8 to 9 Oreos
- Melt chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. If using the double boiler, keep it on low heat. It should take about 8 minutes to melt.
- Place a silicone baking mat or wax paper over a cookie sheet and pour the melted chocolate on to the sheet.
- Using a rubber spatula, spread the chocolate evenly across the cookie sheet to form a 9×12-inch rectangle that is ¼-inch thick.
- Sprinkle crushed peppermint and Oreos on the chocolate. Depending on how full you like your bark, you may have extra crushed oreos and peppermint. Save the extras in a sealed bag and use at a later time to make another bark.
- Take a piece wax paper and gently press the sprinkled peppermints and Oreos into the chocolate.
- Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes or until set.
- Break the chocolate into pieces.
- If you are using the microwave, be sure to do it in short bursts so you can check on the chocolate. You don’t want to burn
- Use a cookie sheet instead of a pan so you can adjust the thickness of your bark depending on your preference.
- You can crush the Oreos either in a food processor or in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Crush your candy canes into peppermint bits in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin.
- Save any extras of the candy canes and crushed Oreos in a sealed bag and use them at a later time to make another bark.