4-ingredient Christmas bark recipe: A terrific holiday treat for home or for cookie exchanges and bake sales. I love to package this bark in festive wrapping as a homemade treat for teachers, friends and neighbours at Christmas time too!
I’ve been making a similar version of this bark for years, but this year I switched things up a bit. I’ve used holiday Rice Krispies this year to make the bark look a little more festive, and instead of receiving some of the ingredient to top the bark with, I’ve mixed everything right in. This means the recipe is easier than ever, but just as tasty as always. We go nuts for this stuff here.
FYI: if you want a bark that’s perfect all winter long and not just at Christmas, check out Princess Pinky Girl’s adorable melted snowman bark!
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The “easy” part is one of the things I love most about this bark! 4-ingredients and you don’t have to turn the oven on. That’s my kind of Christmas baking. 🙂
I’m always amazed when something this simple tastes SO good. This stuff is crispy-crunchy and smooth and creamy all at the same time, and toasting some of the ingredients before-hand gives it a rich, nutty flavour. Mmmm! Honestly, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love this bark!
Let me show you to make it.
For this Christmas Bark recipe you’ll need:
- 3 cups white Mercken’s candy disks (I buy mine at the bulk store)
- 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
- 1 cup slivered or chopped almonds, toasted
- 2 cups Holiday Rice Krispies
- Baking sheet
- Wax Paper
To make your bark:
Begin by toasting your almonds and coconut. Toast them separately because one may brown more quickly than the other.
How to toast coconut and almonds:
To toast your almonds and coconut, brown them in a pan over medium heat, stirring frequently they start to sizzle quietly. The growing process takes place quickly, and happens right before your eyes. Once it starts happening, stir constantly because your nuts or coconut will burn quickly. As soon as they have a nicely toasted look, remove them from the heat, and pour them into a dish to stop the cooking process.
Next, you need to melt your Merkin’s disks.
Place your disks in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on high heat in 30-second increments until the disks have melted. Stir well after each 30-second session. Alternatively, you could use a double-boiler for this process.
Putting it all together:
When your disks are fully melted, add in the Rice Krispies, almonds and coconut.
Stir well, and turn it all out onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Spread the bark into a 1/4 inch layer, and refrigerate until it’s set.
Break it up in to pieces and enjoy!
I hope you love it as much as we do! We usually gobble it up so quickly that I have to make a second batch for New Year’s Eve.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.