Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Treats 2010 - Super Easy Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bark

In past years, I've usually done a big, several day-long cookie blitz. This year, there's a lot more going on in the ValleyWriter household, so I decided to pare back to just a few things that I could complete in one day, without too much hassle. Fortunately, I found some great recipes that deliver yummy, impressive looking treats that really come together quickly.

First up is a cranberry macadamia nut bark. If you're not familiar with the term, bark - in the culinary sense - is really just chocolate with nuts, fruits and/or other goodies inside. This bark has a white chocolate base, so the end result with the bright red dried cranberries against the creamy white background is very Christmasy.

And while I'm not usually a fan of nuts in my chocolate, macadamia nuts are definitely an exception. They're creamy and smooth - the perfect complement to these tart cranberries. Best of all - this is the easiest recipe ever! 3 ingredients and less than an hour from start to finish - as in completely cooled and ready to go. Perfect for a last minute hostess gift or extra Christmas treat!

Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bark
(Makes a 17" x 11" pan)

3 12-oz. bags white chocolate chips (2.25 lbs.)
6 oz. macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries

Line a 17" x 11" pan with aluminum foil.
Bring 2-3 cups of water to a simmer in the bottom of a double boiler (or a medium-sized saucepan). In the top of the double boiler (or a metal bowl that's larger than the saucepan), add white chocolate chips. Stir chocolate until it melts. Keep stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
Add chopped macadamia nuts and 1 c. dried cranberries to white chocolate. Stir until well mixed. Pour into prepared pan and spread out into an even layer. Scatter remaining 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries over the top and press gently into the white chocolate. Let cool 20-30 minutes or until hard. Break into smaller pieces and enjoy!


Rita said...

These are looking so good and so easy to prepare; will keep this one; thank you.

Amy said...

This bark looks delicious! I love that it is so simple to make :)!