I'm terrible at coming up with gifts that are goofy or worth stealing from each other, so I resorted to sweets. Because well..Christmas. No one ever wants to give the gift that people keep passing around and around, so I thought that I'd whip up some peppermint bark which ironically ended up being the last thing in the pile.
But my coworkers were all kicking themselves when they found out that I made bark from scratch so much that I decided to make another batch to bring in for everyone this week before we were all gone for the holidays!
What I think makes this bark so special though is that I decided to put Joe Joe's in it.
For those of you who don't know, Joe Joe's are Trader Joe's version of Oreo's. They're gluten free (bonus!) and come in a few different cream filled flavors; the ones that I picked, were packed with candy cane creme which made for an added Christmas-y bonus!
(By the way - I'm not getting paid to promote their product by any means, they're just super tasty... you guys HAVE to try them so I'm not the only one who's addicted to them now..)
Happy holidays everyone!
Peppermint Sandwich Cookie Chocolate Bark
1 bag milk chocolate (or dark chocolate) chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
2 cups crushed candy cane (you can do it the old fashion way like I did, or you can buy the sprinkle versions in a jar)
1 sleeve of Trader Joe's Jo Jo's crushed (not too crumbled; just broken up and separated)
1/2 stick unsalted butter
Rock salt if desired (to sprinkle on top)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside
1. Melt down milk chocolate in a medium size saucepan with half of the butter until smooth. Pour onto the wax paper and using a spatula, or a metal froster, smooth and spread out the chocolate pretty thin.
2. Sprinkle the crumbled sandwich cookies on top of the milk chocolate and press them in gently so they stick.
3. Melt the white chocolate the same way you did the milk chocolate, using the butter, but this time you'll notice it won't be as smooth. This is ok. Scoop small portions of it on top of the spread milk chocolate to more easily spread it and cover the bottom layer.
4. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and press them down, just as you did with the sandwich cookies. Set the bark in the freezer to harden for at least an hour or so. Once ready to break up, take the pan and drop it on a hard surface to break them up, or using a sharp knife, cut pieces.