Cranberry Snowfall Chocolate Bark
White chocolate seems at least as oxymoronic to me as jumbo shrimp, but whatever. My kids eat it up. It makes a festive and surprisingly tasty backdrop to the gorgeous red of the cranberries. This bark is easy, pretty, and always well received — a perfect holiday gift that your kids can help you make.
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour. 10 minutes
Yield: about 2 pounds, enough for 4 gift boxes
1 cup dried cranberries (preferably orange- flavored)
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon orange extract (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts
2 (11- or 12-ounce) bags white chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 250. Line a 12-by-17-inch jelly roll pan (or rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.
- In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse together cranberries, orange zest, extract, and walnuts (or chop them with a large knife).
- Spread mixture over the prepared pan to within 1 1/2 inches of the edges, then evenly cover that mixture with the chocolate chips and put the pan in the oven.
- When the chips just start to look melty (5 minutes or so), take them out of the oven and use a rubber spatula to spread them evenly over the parchment. Chill until firm, about half an hour, then break into pieces.
We stacked the bark in clear Amac boxes ($2, 2 5/16 by 6 3/16 inches, containerstore.com) topped with 5-inch fireworks bows ($33 for 12, amazon.com). Keep the barks separate to avoid flavor mixing.