Looking for the easiest dessert or holiday treat to make? What’s better than an assortment of Chocolate Bark! This particular Oreo Peppermint Chocolate Bark Recipe is made with only 2-ingredients, takes about 10 minutes to make, and will win over any crowd! Or read below and learn how to make your own favorite combination!
One of my favorite things to make during the holidays is Chocolate Bark.
I love making several batches to pass out to friends in our neighborhood along with our family holiday cards. It’s always a huge hit and the perfect sweet treat! Not to mention, they look great!
Whether you’re feeling festive, want to make something super easy to pass out to friends or teachers, or need something sweet for a holiday party, you can’t go wrong with any type of chocolate bark recipe!
What Is Chocolate Bark?
Chocolate Bark is a sheet of chocolate covered with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, candy, seeds, sea salt, etc. You can sprinkle on almost anything that goes well with chocolate.
Is Chocolate Bark Vegan?
Yes, it can easily be made vegan! As long as the sheet of chocolate and toppings are vegan, you’re good to go. You can use vegan chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet) or melt vegan white chocolate.
Actually, you’d be surprised how many store-bought dark chocolate barks are vegan, so make sure to read the label. I just came back from Portland with the most delicious vegan dark chocolate bark recipe topped with ginger candy and sea salt!
Oreo Peppermint Chocolate Bark
One of my favorite easy chocolate recipes involves peppermint and oreo cookies. This Oreo Peppermint Bark Recipe is only 2-ingredients, super easy to make, festive, and will please just about anyone!
During the holidays, you can find mint or peppermint Oreos at grocery stores, or candy cane Joe Joe’s at Trader Joe’s. Out of the three, I love the candy cane Joe Joe’s, so that’s what I typically use, but all of them are vegan and will work just fine.
So the two ingredients?
- Chocolate Chips
- Candy Cane Joe Joe’s, Mint Oreos, Peppermint Oreos, or regular Oreos
That’s IT! And if you can’t find the seasonal cookies, just use original Oreos and crushed candy canes!
Before I show a step-by-step on how to make this oreo peppermint chocolate bark recipe, let’s quickly go through the process of making any chocolate bark. That way you can see just how easy it is to customize your own recipe based on what you like and what you have in your kitchen.
Hopefully, it’ll inspire you to make your own creation this holiday season!
How To Come Up With Your Own Favorite Bark Recipe
Technically you don’t even have to measure out the ingredients. Just melt a decent amount of chocolate and sprinkle away!
Here are the basic steps and components of making your own variety of chocolate bark:
- Add your favorite chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave the chocolate chips in 30sec increments, mixing frequently in between with a spoon, until all the chocolate is completely melted and smooth/pourable!
- Line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the melted chocolate in the center of the baking sheet. Then slowly spread by tilting the sheet in a circular motion. The goal is to get an even sheet of chocolate. The thickness depends on preference and what your toppings are.
- Sprinkle on any assortment of nuts, dried fruit, candy, seeds, chopped cookies, etc. Make sure the toppings stick to the chocolate sheet.
- Ideally, let the finished chocolate bark harden at room temperature for a few hours to avoid streaks in your chocolate, but I’m usually impatient and place it in the fridge to let the chocolate set.
- Once the bark is completely hardened, break it up into pieces using your had, or if you want even squares, use a large chopping knife to cut it into sections.
That’s IT! If you got lost, here’s a super quick recap of how easy this is:
- Microwave and melt chocolate
- Pour melted chocolate on a pan and spread.
- Sprinkle toppings
- Allow the chocolate to harden.
- Break the bark into pieces
Even my kids make it! Simple, yet looks and tastes delicious! I have some additional tips and variations down below, so keep reading.
Different Variations of Bark
If you’re still scratching your head trying to come up with fun chocolate bark recipe combinations, I’ve got you covered!
- Chopped Nuts: almonds, walnuts, mac nuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios, peanuts
- Seeds: pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds
- Dried Fruit: dried gogi berries, cranberries, apricots, mango, raisins
- Chopped Cookies: Oreos
- Candy: candied ginger or citrus, candy canes
- Coconut: dried flakes or shredded
- Chopped Pretzels
- Nut Butters: drizzle on top of the toppings to finish it off, or add small dollops of it straight onto the chocolate sheet and then swirl it with a toothpick to create a fun marbled effect.
- Fresh Fruit: pomegranate pearls
How To Make The Easiest Oreo Peppermint Dark Chocolate Bark – Step By Step
1. Chop up the Candy Cane Joe Joe’s or Peppermint Oreos. Alternatively, chop up original Oreos and Candy Canes.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second increments, mixing in between, until all of the chocolate is melted.
3. Add the chopped ingredients into the melted chocolate and toss a few times with a large spoon to mix and coat the cookies with the melted chocolate.
4. Scoop out or pour the cookie-chocolate mixture onto a flat parchment-lined baking sheet.
5. Since this is a thick cookie-chocolate mixture, instead of tilting the baking sheet to spread, use the back of a large spoon to spread the mixture until you have an even desired bark thickness.
6. Sprinkle on some additional chopped cookies (or cookies + candy cane). Be sure they stick to the chocolate bark.
7. Allow the chocolate bark to settle and harden at room temperature for about 2 hours, or place in the fridge to make it quicker.
8. Once completely set, break the chocolate-cookie slab into pieces using your hands or a knife.
How Long Does Chocolate Bark Keep?
Store the chocolate bark in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you’re using fresh ingredients such as herbs or pomegranate pearls, it may only keep for a few days.
Although this Oreo Bark won’t easily melt at room temperature, the only way to guarantee this is to temper the chocolate. Therefore, I’d recommend storing it in the fridge until ready to serve if possible.
Melting Chocolate. The easiest way to melt chocolate is by using a microwave in 30-second intervals, mixing in between. If you over-heat or skip the mixing steps in between, the chocolate may overheat and clump.
Bark Thickness. Bark thickness depends on preference and what your toppings are. I like to keep mine on the thin side, especially if I’m using an assortment of small seeds, chopped nuts, and dried fruit. But if I’m using other larger candy pieces or adding in cookies, the bark should be on the thicker side.
Mix or Sprinkle Toppings. Totally a preference. But with things like small seeds or cookies, I like to do both. Mix some into the melted chocolate before pouring, and sprinkling on top. On the other hand, for my pomegranate bark, I enjoy the flavor of pure chocolate as the bark base.
Festive Chocolate Bark. Get creative with color combinations if you’re making bark for the holidays! I love using pomegranate pearls or dried cranberries for that bright shiny deep red. Chopped pistachios or pepitas adds green colors. Use crushed candy canes or candied ginger or citrus for that shine.
Allowing the Chocolate Bark to Settle. I’m pretty impatient when it comes to chocolate bark. So I end up leaving it out for 15 minutes and then placing it in the fridge so it settles quickly. But if you have the time, the ideal way to avoid imperfections in the chocolate is to let it cool at room temperature for a few hours.
Craving More Simple Holiday Treats?
Here are a few of my favorite easy vegan holiday treats:
- Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites
- Vegan Chocolate Pie
- Snickerdoodle Bites
- Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding Fruit Pie
- Chewy Chocolate Date Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed With Orange Coconut Cream
- Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Parfait
- Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse
- Dark Chocolate Roasted Pumpkin Seed Bark
- Chewy Dark Chocolate Bark with Seeds, Nuts, & Berries
- Pomegranate, Roasted Peanut, Dark Chocolate Bark
Oreo Peppermint Chocolate Bark
- 10 oz vegan chocolate chips
, white or dark chocolate (see notes below)
- 15 candy cane Joe Joe's, peppermint Oreos, mint Oreos, or regular Oreos
, chopped (see notes below)
- 2 candy cane Joe Joe's, peppermint Oreos, mint Oreos, or regular Oreos
, finely chopped (for topping)
- Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Use enough paper to leave a 1-inch overhang on each side. Alternatively, line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, mixing in between, until all the chocolate is fully melted and pourable. (Alternatively, use the double broiler method, see notes below).
- Add the 15 chopped cookies to the chocolate and mix to combine. Pour the entire mixture into the 8×8 lined baking pan and spread evenly. Use a spatula to smooth out the top.
- Sprinkle the additional finely chopped cookies on top. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate becomes solid (see notes below).
- Lift the whole bark holding onto the paper overhang and cut into pieces with a knife! Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.
- You can use dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or your favorite vegan white chocolate. Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips also happen to be vegan.
- The easiest way to melt chocolate is by using the microwave as instructed above, but be patient. If you over-heat or skip the mixing steps in between, the chocolate may overheat and clump.
- If you want to use the double broiler method to melt the chocolate chips, see below on instructions for setup.
- Find one medium size pot and a metal bowl. The size of these two items should be such that when the metal bowl is placed on top of the pot, the two are nested together.
- Add about 2 inches of water to a saucepan and simmer on low-medium heat.
- Add the chocolate chips to another metal bowl.
- Set the bowl on top of the pot with the simmering water so that the two pieces nest together. Note that the bottom of the metal bowl should not be touching the simmering water when nested together. If this happens, remove some of the water. The steam from the simmering water is being used to heat up the chocolate chips
- Stir frequently until the chocolate chips are completely melted.