Chocolate Easter Bark

What is better than chocolate? Uhhh chocolate with more chocolate and candy in it that’s what! Actually you can even add pretzels or nuts or take walk on the wild side and add dried cranberries…mmmm cranberries and chocolate πŸ˜‹

This bark is so fun and versatile you can make for any holiday or occasion.  Just change up the colours of your additions to suit your theme πŸ‘πŸΌ I used a post on Sally’s Baking Addiction as my guideline and my inspiration. 

I used both white and regular (semi-sweet)chocolate. I’m not a white chocolate fan but when it’s mixed with regular chocolate I can get into it. 

You can decide which layer you want which type of chocolate. I like the white chocolate on top because it’s a great background for the candies and makes the coulours of them really pop 😊

Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Melt the the semi-sweet chocolate either in the microwave or using a double boiler. If you’re using the microwave I would use 50% power and intervals of 30 seconds for stirring until it’s fully melted. Pour the melted chocolate on your prepared baking sheet and spread out the chocolate with an offset spatula. Don’t fuss with getting a perfect rectangle because the will be broken up after anyways πŸ€— make sure not to spread it too thin maybe about 1/16″ thick. 

Place the baking sheet in the fridge to set the chocolate. Very important the chocolate sets before you put on the next layer of chocolate or you’ll end up with the two mixing…which actually could make a cool marble effect if that’s what your going! 

Once your first layer is set, melt the white chocolate the same way. Pour the white melted chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate layer and spread it out to the edge of the first layer. 

At this point you can sprinkle your funness! Smarties, mini eggs, non-pareils, confetti etc. I crushed (well actually smashed them in a baggie with my rolling pin 😬) my mini eggs as they seemed a little big and it gave a more contrasting look. 

Place the tray in the fridge to completely set and in about 30 minutes, you can take them out and break them into whatever size pieces you like. I keep my uneaten pieces…wait I don’t have any uneaten pieces 😳 well if you do, keep them in a airtight container in the fridge πŸ€—

Until next time…keep it creative!


Easter Egg Cookie Boxes

Let the Easter baking begin! 

I love making treats for my little Crumbs and Easter provides me the perfect reason to go crazy with all the creations I have stocked up in my head for 3 monthsπŸ€—

What could be better than Easter Egg cookies? Easter Egg Cookie Boxes filled with candy and chocolate!!!

These take a little time and patience (mostly for decorating) so if you have any of those to spare than these are a must!

The only cookie cutters you need are an egg and a small circle. You can use any sugar cookie recipe you like, vanilla or chocolate. Each cookie box is made up 4 cookies, so when deciding on a recipe just check how many cookies you’ll most likely get. For example the recipe I use makes approximately 36 cookies so I can make about 9 cookie boxes. 

Cut out all your cookies as the whole egg and bake them. 

As soon as they come out of the oven and are still on the baking sheet, cutout a circle in the lower half on the egg. Remember for every 2 whole egg cookies you need 2 egg cookies with the circle cutout. Don’t worry if your cookie cracks or breaks a little. The cookie is still soft so just close the crack or break up. See the pic below…small break that I just pushed closed with my fingers but be careful as the cookies are hot!

After you’ve made the cutouts leave the cookies on the baking sheet to cool a little before you move them to a rack (maybe about 5 min) to completely cool.

While you’re waiting for the cookies to cool, prepare your royal icing in whichever colours you like. I like pink, yellow, purple and white especially for Easter.

And now the assembling! Start with a full egg cookie and pipe royal icing all the way around the border. Next place a cut out egg cookie on top making sure you have the shapes of the two cookies lined up. Then pipe royal icing all the way around the cutout cookie and place another cut out cookie on top. You have completed the first cookie box!! The top (lid) cookie is not attached but you can decorated however you like. 

I did some with Easter coloured non-pareils super easy. To get a nice even coat of sprinkles, I place my freshly iced cookie in a bowl and pour the sprinkles all over. The cookie is completely covered and the sprinkles surround it until he bowl. Then pick up your cookie and tip it to let he excess sprinkles fall back in the bowl. If you want to get fancy with your piping, just look up some Easter egg colouring pages and you’ll find lots simple designs you can do. 

Fill you boxes with candies and chocolate and it’s a treat that keeps on giving because after the treats inside are done, the boxes can eaten too!!

More Easter treats to come so until next time…keep it creative!