Sugar Cookie Bark

updated Feb 11, 2020
Valentine's Day
Sugar Cookie Bark

The large-format cookie bakes up snappy and is broken into large slabs like classic chocolate bark. A thin layer of melted white chocolate holds the festive sprinkles in place.

Serves12 to 16

Prep25 minutes

Cook15 minutes

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Here’s the genius of sugar cookie bark: instead of baking and decorating a dozen individual cookies, you bake one giant cookie, decorate in one fell swoop, and cut or break it into pieces. Unlike many classroom treats, you don’t have to be too precious about it during transport — after all, this cookie is designed to be broken!

This sugar cookie bark starts with store-bought cookie mix to make life easier, meaning you can make it at the very last minute and not break a sweat. Here’s how to make sugar cookie bark for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Credit: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: CC Buckley

What Is Sugar Cookie Bark?

Sugar cookie bark is made from a lower-fat sugar cookie dough, which allows it to be baked in a single slab. It’s much easier to start with store-bought sugar cookie mix than try to adapt your favorite cookie recipe, but if you want to make it from scratch, start by halving the amount of butter and eggs in your recipe.

The large-format cookie bakes up snappy, and can then be broken into large slabs like classic chocolate bark. A thin layer of melted and dyed white chocolate adds even more snap and holds the festive sprinkles in place. The recipe below is Valentine’s Day-themed, but you can switch up the food dye and sprinkles for any season.

Sugar Cookie Bark

The large-format cookie bakes up snappy and is broken into large slabs like classic chocolate bark. A thin layer of melted white chocolate holds the festive sprinkles in place.

Prep time 25 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Serves 12 to 16

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package

    sugar cookie mix

  • 8 tablespoons

    (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 (12-ounce) bag

    white chocolate chips

  • 1 to 2 drops

    red food coloring

  • 1/3 cup

    red, white, and pink or Valentine's Day sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 325ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place 1 package sugar cookie mix, 1 stick room temperature unsalted butter, and 1 large egg in a medium bowl. Stir to combine well. Transfer the dough onto the baking sheet and spread into an 8x12-inch rectangle.

  3. Bake until golden-brown for 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely.

  4. Place 1 (12-ounce) bag white chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring between bursts, until just melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes total. Add 1 to 2 drops red food coloring and stir to combine.

  5. Spread the melted chocolate over the sugar cookie and sprinkle with 1/3 cup sprinkles. Let cool 30 minutes. Break the bark into pieces for serving.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.

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