Super Easy Gingerbread Cookie Bark

Gingerbread Cookie Bark

Sometimes I like to keep things simple in my kitchen, especially during the holidays! Today, I’m sharing one of my easiest cookie recipes, gingerbread cookie bark.

One of my favorite store bought cookie mixes is Betty Crocker’s Gingerbread Cookies. You can find the mix on the shelves during the holiday season.
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A little secret about me is I’m not a big fan of rolling and cutting cookie dough and definitely don’t have the patiences for decorating individual cookies, so I decided to make Gingerbread Cookie Bark. This recipe is quick and easy to make. It’s perfect for the holidays. Even those of you who claim to be “non-bakers” can make this recipe. Trust me! Your party guests and cookie eaters will be impressed. So sign up for those cookie exchange parties this year, put on your prettiest apron and lets whip up this delicious treat! ​
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Begin by preparing the cookie dough according to the directions on the package. It says to stir but I always give it a quick mix in my Kitchen aid mixer.
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Then press the dough onto your prepared baking sheet. I found that it was easier and much quicker to roll out the dough using my rolling pin. If you do this just make sure to sprinkle some flour on the dough and the rolling pin because the dough is very sticky.  
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Next, bake it for 10 minutes or until the edges are set. Let the cookie bark cool completely.
​Then melt the vanilla chocolate bark according to the package and spread it over the bark. You can also use regular vanilla frosting too. Sometimes I just buy the vanilla cream cheese frosting from the store to make things even easier!
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Lastly, add your sprinkles. Once the topping has cooled break the bark into medium sized pieces and enjoy! ​
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Not bad huh? This bark is so delicious people will think you worked in the kitchen for hours.

What’s one of your favorite holiday cookie recipes?

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Gingerbread Cookie Bark

Ingredients:

  • Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookie Mix + the butter, water, and egg called for on the package*
  • 12 ounces vanilla or white chocolate candy bark or vanilla frosting for topping (after making this recipe a couple of times, frosting is my favorite way to top the cookie bark)
  • Sprinkles and candy for decorating

​Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the cookie mix, butter, water, and egg to form a soft cookie dough. (Or use electric mixer to mix the ingredients just until combined. Don’t over mix)
  3. Press the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten with your hands or a spatula. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough to approximately 1/2″ thickness (should be a little shorter than a 9×13 baking sheet).
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, until edges are set. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  5. Melt the white chocolate candy bark according to the directions on the package. Or use vanilla frosting instead. After making this a couple of times the vanilla frosting tends to be my favorite way to top the cookie bark.
  6. Spread the melted candy on top of the cookie base. Decorate with sprinkles and candies before the white chocolate layer cools and hardens.
  7. Once the bark has cooled and hardened, break into medium sized pieces to package or serve.
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