Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Smart Cookie Bark

Smart Cookie Bark
When I spied these little icing decorations on clearance at the grocery store, I knew immediately what I wanted to make with them. That scares me a little because it very possibly means that I've seen this idea before and that's why it popped into my head so quickly.
(If I'm stealing your idea, please let me know in the comments.) :)

how to make Smart Cookie Bark
Smart Cookie Bark ... a quick and fun back-to-school treat
Chocolate chip cookie bark. I love this recipe. It's so easy...and addicting. I ate a good portion of it as I was breaking it into pieces. That's another good thing about this recipe...no one will ever know. Unless, you know, you write about it on your blog.

Smart Cookie Bark ...a quick and fun back-to-school treat
The cookie bark is crispy, but not overly crunchy. It's a buttery cookie that tastes like traditional chocolate chip cookies with just a hint of sugar cookie thanks to all granulated sugar in the recipe.

There's no egg here. No baking soda or powder. No poofing...and that's what gives the bark its crispy "breakability."

how to make Smart Cookie Bark
I've made this before with regular chocolate chips, but I really like it with mini chips...especially with the added decorations.

Smart Cookie Bark
Smart Cookie Bark
The dough is crumbly, so you'll press it in the pan with your fingers.

Once the bark comes out of the oven, you'll press in the glasses icing decorations.

Smart Cookie Bark
When it's cool, break it apart.

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Smart Cookie Bark

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
icing decorations, glasses

Preheat oven to 350. Line 10 x 15" cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugar for a few minutes until fluffy. Mix in the salt and vanilla.

On low speed, add the flour in 2 additions, scraping the bowl as needed. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Press the crumbly dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.

Remove from oven and immediately press the icing decorations onto the hot cookie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, break into pieces.

*adapted from "cookie breakup" from Everyday Food, Jan. 2004

Smart Cookie Bark ... a fun back-to-school treat you can whip up in 10 minutes flat!
Smart cookie bark for your smart cookies!


9 comments:

  1. This is so fun!! I love it - anything cookie related though is a winner in my book!

    Rxx

    www.peppermintdolly.com

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  2. The kids and I are totally on a cookie-bark kick lately. Love the buttery crunch. This is adorable. So SO cute!

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  3. It's Pinned for my littles♥
    I believe you that you ate some while breaking it up..such an invitation that is:)
    Need the glasses..:)

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  4. I just made brownie bark for the first time a few weeks ago. Now I am obsessed. And this looks even better!

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  5. Sounds delicious and looks so cute!

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  6. So darling! It's a must bake! Thanks!
    http://www.sistersweetly.wordpress.com

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  7. Made this last night and am totally thrilled with it!! Going on a trip to visit family and was looking for something yummy that would travel well, and this definitely fit the bill. Plus, since it doesn't call for eggs my highly allergic niece will be able to enjoy it too. Had to swap dairy-free margarine for the butter due to her many food allergies, and it turned out awesome! The only problem is that I can't be left alone with it... Thanks so much!

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