Monday, December 20, 2010

Things You Need in Life: Cookie Dough Bark

Having recently conquered development of a recipe for cookie-dough frosting, I’ve become determined to find out how many things I can make that taste like cookie dough. Besides, you know, cookie dough.

Then last week, Jessica from How Sweet It Is went and posted a recipe for cake batter bark. And since it’s the season for barks of all varieties, it was suddenly obvious what was going to be next on my agenda.

Cookie dough bark.

Yup. You need this bark. And luckily, most bakers will have all the ingredients on hand.

Cookie Dough Bark Ingredients

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (Callebaut 54.5% cacao), divided

18 ounces white chocolate (Callebaut)

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon sour cream

Coarsely chop the semi-sweet chocolate, take 2 ounces and chop finely and set aside. Heat remainder of semi-sweet chocolate over low heat until just melted, then let cool for 40-45 minutes, stirring periodically. Spread over a parchment-paper-lined pan, freeze.

While semi-sweet chocolate layer freezes, prepare the cookie dough layer. A few key ingredients make the cookie dough flavor possible, including butter and molasses mixed with the high-quality white chocolate.

Mix vanilla, salt, molasses, and sour cream, set aside. Chop the white chocolate, melt with butter over low heat until just melted. Quickly incorporate the vanilla-salt-molasses-sour cream mixture, stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread mixture over frozen layer of semi-sweet chocolate.

Sprinkle 2 ounces of finely chopped chocolate over the mixture, lightly press down on chopped chocolate to ensure that it adheres to the white chocolate layer.

Freeze for 30 minutes, then break apart into 1 to 1 ½ inch chunks.

And hide it from yourself, unless you can spend 4 hours a day working out at the pool. Which I can’t these days.

What’s your favorite kind of bark?

32 comments:

  1. Ooo, I like this. Typically I'm a traditional peppermint bark kind of gal, but in the future I may have to try this one out!
    Also, holy crap, cookie dough icing? You are a genius, madame. *claps appreciatively*

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  2. Oh wow, that looks really delicious! I love molasses!!!! I love Chocolate even more! DUH!!! Anyway, good job. I have yet to make bark. I need to get off my butt and do that!

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  3. I have been eyeing Jessica's bark recipes too! I'm gonna have to make some soon. Your cookie dough bark is making my mouth water...

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  4. oh yum! We got peppermint bark from a friend and I've been nibbling on it nonstop ever since :)

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  5. Awesome idea!!! This looks delicious!!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Wow this looks amazing! I made standard peppermint bark, but i might have to make this as well!

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  7. Awesome!! I've only made peppermint bark, but have been thinking about other possibilities. Cookie dough hadn't crossed my mind! Love it when dough things like this are eggless for us paranoid folks. :)

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  8. I think. I just. Died a little. Victoria, you're like the cruel temptress in my life whom I can't help loving.

    Bark isn't something I see commonly here in Australia - so I'm going to say this is my favourite kind ;)

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  9. @Jessica @ How Sweet Jessica, I'm only inspired by the most brilliant bloggers out there. Specifically those who invent cake batter bark.

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  10. @Mary at n00bcakes *Bows* I just spend too much time thinking about what goes into cookie dough, and further contemplating how to flavor things like cookie dough.

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  11. @Laura @ GotChocolate You can make bark while staying on your butt! It's super-duper easy - make the kids go melt the chocolate.

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  12. @Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic Bianca, you could do battle of the bark: cookie dough vs. cake batter. Except there's no point choosing between the two.

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  13. @ihearteggs Thanks, Becca. I think you need some of this. Incidentally, I have a bunch of it to get rid of...

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  14. @Emily @ For Sweets Sake It's totally addictive, Emily. Mine is in the way back of my fridge on the bottom shelf. I have 3 days before I can dump this on my family...I think I can make it. I think I can I think I can I think I can.

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  15. @Suzanne @ continuing my education Peppermint bark is also amazing - but I've been getting my chocolate-peppermint fix from these amazing Vosges bars. Vosges doesn't have a cookie dough bar. Yet. Yet.

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  16. @Jessica @ bake me away! If you want to make dough just to eat it, replace each egg with about 2 T sour cream. It works. I swear.

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  17. @Hannah What? A bark shortage in Australia? I think I just smelled a business opportunity...

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  18. Oh my goodness, cookie dough is my favorite thing in the world at the moment (no lie!), so naturally I'm going to have to try the bark! I'm assuming Greek yogurt would work in place of sour cream, right? What do you think?

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  19. @Faith @ lovelyascharged I think it would work, but I would use a 2% or full-fat version, and ensure that no extra liquid gets in there. Water+chocolate=death.

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  20. Oh My! This looks fabulous! WOW!!!

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  21. @Jessica @ How Sweet

    I saw this linked up on HLB and was JUST about to send you the link :) Should have known you'd be the first commenter, Jess ;) xo

    V- this looks DELIGHTFUL! xo

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  22. fantastic idea! how could this possibly be bad?!

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  23. @Heather Hehe, thanks Heather. Isn't Jessica just the most awesome inspiration for all of us?

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  24. @Lauren at KeepItSweet It's only bad when you've promised your family in Milwaukee that you are bringing some and have to restrain yourself from eating it all.

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  25. Yumm!! This looks great :) :). Thanks for sharing!! I need to make this really soon ... too bad I promised the family a different bark for Christmas!

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  26. @Debbie B. I bet your family would be totally cool with having this bark, too.

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  27. This looks AMAZING! I have to make this! I just made Jessica's Cake Batter Bark today. Now that I'm seeing all these different bark creations, I don't think I'll ever go back to just plain white/dark chocolate bark!

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  28. @kissmybroccoli Well, there's nothing wrong with plain bark, but the add-in possibilities are just so enticing...

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