Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark: Step-by-Step

September 18, 2018
Cookie dough lovers, this easy-to-assemble Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark is for you!  With its layer of creamy eggless cookie dough sandwiched between two layers of chocolate, it's a fabulous way to enjoy the concept of truffles without all the truffle preparation fuss.  Perfect for nibbling, cookie trays, party treats, and holiday gift giving, for sure.

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When I make chocolate chip cookies ... whether it be plain old basic ones, tasty pretzel chocolate chip cookies, the more unconventional pretzel chocolate-peanut butter chip cookies, or my all-time favorite cherry chocolate chip cookies, ... it's actually not the cookies I love most.

No, truth be told, my favorite part of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the dough.

I know many of us are suckers for chocolate chip cookie dough.  Myself included.  I've even been known to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies solely so I could indulge in the dough, and then not eat a single one of the finished baked cookies ... passing those off to my husband to enjoy all on his own.

Not that that was a task he minded at all.

With its layer of creamy eggless cookie dough sandwiched between two layers of chocolate, it's a fabulous way to enjoy the concept of truffles without all the truffle preparation fuss.

So it's probably no surprise that one of my favorites candy treats to enjoy is chocolate chip cookie dough truffles.  Little balls of safe-for-eating eggless cookie dough dunked and coated in chocolate ... there's just not better for us cookie dough lovers.

But ohhhh, truffles are so tedious to make, aren't they?  Those of you who've made truffles before know exactly what I'm talking about.

The rolling of the dough centers ... the chilling after the rolling ... all the melting ... all the dunking ... and all the dripping.  Not to mention, the challenge of keeping the melted chocolate at just the right temperature and consistency throughout the dunking process.

It can certainly be a fun little project, but albeit tedious for sure.

Enter an easier way to enjoy the truffle concept and flavor without all the tedious steps ... this super easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark: Step-by-Step Image

With this easy-to-assemble Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark, a layer of creamy eggless cookie dough is sandwiched between two thin layers of chocolate coating.

Once set, the bark is cut into small squares, achieving the same taste as truffles ... without all the preparation fuss.

And let me just tell you, this bark received absolutely rave reviews from the family and the neighbors we shared it with.  I've already been begged by our little one to make another pan!

And I love that it's easy to whip up a batch.

This bark received absolutely rave reviews from the family and the neighbors we shared it with.  I've already been begged by our little one to make another pan!


Then melt half of a 20-ounce package of chocolate almond bark coating according to its package directions.  Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment in the prepared pan.

Lining the pan with parchment paper or wax paper keeps the chocolate from sticking to the pan and makes it easier to get the finished set bark out of the pan.

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Use an offset spatula or a butter knife to spread the chocolate into a thin even layer.

Spreading Chocolate with Offset Spatula to Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark Image

Keep gently pushing the chocolate out and spreading it until it's to within about 1/2-inch of the sides of the pan, almost completely filling the pan.

Watch for spots that get super thin ~ if you can see the parchment paper through the layer of chocolate, spread a little more chocolate back into that area.

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Refrigerate the pan for about 20 minutes to fully set the bottom chocolate layer.

Once the bottom chocolate layer is hardened and set, drop spoonfuls of chocolate chip cookie dough onto the chocolate.

{Note:  The dough in the next couple photos below is actually sugar cookie dough.  I forgot to take photos of these steps when making this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark.  Oops!  So I'm using photos from my Sugar Cookie Dough Bark photo shoot so you can still see what the steps look like.}

Cookie Dough for Making Cookie Dough Bark Image

Use your fingers and the palm of your hand to gently spread the cookie dough into an even layer, covering the entire surface of the chocolate.

It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth ... just do your best to get it pretty close to an even thickness across the whole pan.

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Melt the remaining half of the package of almond bark and pour it onto the cookie dough layer. 

Use an offset spatula or butter knife to spread the chocolate into a thin even layer, spreading to cover the entire surface of the cookie dough.

Making Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark: Step-by-Step Image

To decorate the bark, drizzle the top with some melted chocolate or candy melts.  You can use white, milk, or dark chocolate ... just depending on what color you want your decorative drizzle to be.

For the pan in these photos, I used white chocolate candy melts with just a tiny bit of milk chocolate added in to make the drizzle a very light tan color.  I just wanted to take away the stark whiteness of the white chocolate for my drizzle.

I find using a disposable zip-top baggie is the easiest way to do the drizzle.  It also means no clean-up ~ just throw the baggie away when you're done.  Bonus.

I find using a disposable zip-top baggie is the easiest way to do the drizzle.  It also means no clean-up ~ just throw the baggie away when you're done.

To do the drizzle with a baggie, place the candy melts in a zip-top sandwich bag on a microwave safe dish. Heat in 20 second intervals until melted, kneading after each heating. 

Then using scissors, snip a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag. The smaller your cut, the smaller the thickness of the drizzle. 

Then very gently squeeze the melted chocolate through the hole in the bag to drizzle the melted candy coating back and forth over the bark.

Pan of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark Image

Let the bark set completely.  You can pop the pan in the refrigerator if you'd like to speed this process along.  

Then once set, cut or break the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark into small pieces and enjoy! 

So yes, if you're a cookie dough lover like me, then this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark is for you.  It's a fabulous, super easy way to enjoy all that fantastic cookie dough flavor and the concept of truffles ... without the tedious truffle prep.

Perfect for nibbling, cookie trays, party treats, and gift giving, don't you think?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
For the Cookie Dough:
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. (about 6 oz.) mini chocolate chips
To Assemble the Bark:
  • 1 (20 oz.) package chocolate almond bark coating
  • about 2 oz. white or milk chocolate candy melts, for decorative drizzle
  • 1/2 tsp. shortening {optional; this helps the melted candy melts drizzle more easily}
Directions
  1. FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH: In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in water. Combine flour and salt. Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.
  2. TO ASSEMBLE THE BARK: Line a 10x15” jelly roll pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside.
  3. Chop ½ of the package of chocolate almond bark coating into small pieces and place in a bowl. Melt the almond bark in the microwave per its package directions (typically in 30 to 45 second intervals, stirring in between).
  4. Pour melted chocolate onto the prepared parchment-lined pan. Use an offset spatula (or butter knife) to spread the chocolate into a thin even layer, spreading to within about 1/2-inch of the sides of the pan. Refrigerate pan for about 20 minutes to fully set the bottom chocolate layer.
  5. Once the bottom chocolate layer is hardened and set, drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the chocolate. Use your fingers and the palm of your hand to gently spread the cookie dough into an even layer, covering the entire surface of the chocolate.
  6. Chop the remaining ½ package of chocolate almond bark coating into small pieces and place in a bowl. Melt the almond bark in the microwave per its package directions (typically in 30 to 45 second intervals, stirring in between).
  7. Pour melted chocolate onto the cookie dough layer. Use an offset spatula (or butter knife) to spread the chocolate into a thin even layer, spreading to cover the entire surface of the cookie dough.
  8. FOR THE DECORATIVE DRIZZLE: To decorate with drizzled candy coating, place candy melts and shortening {if using} in a zip-top sandwich bag on a microwave safe dish. Heat in 20 second intervals until melted, kneading after each heating. Using scissors, snip a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag. The smaller your cut, the smaller the thickness of the drizzle. Drizzle the melted candy coating back and forth over the bark.
  9. Let stand until firm, or refrigerate pan for about 15 minutes to speed the process along. Once set, cut or break into small pieces. Store bark in the refrigerator, or freeze it to keep for later.



Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark: Step-by-Step ~ Cookie dough lovers, this easy bark is for you! Soooo much easier than making truffles. Perfect for nibbling, party treats, & holiday gift-giving. #cookiedough #chocolatechipcookies #chocolatechipcookiedough  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com



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7 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this Bark looks amazing and I feel like going to make it now, lol..
    I will soon, that's for sure.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.
    Fabby

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    1. Thank you, Fabby! Yes, it's pretty darn tasty. And EASY, too! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  2. Your chocolate chip cookie dough bark looks and sounds fabulous. Thank you for sharing at Friday Favorites.

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  3. Your bark will be a very special treat! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  4. I love these just to nibble on and to give as take home gifts for guests. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a great weekend.

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