Oreo peppermint bark is an easy, no-bake dessert treat to make for the holidays. White chocolate is filled with crushed Oreo cookies and cool vanilla-mint flavor that's spread thin to make a sweet candy bark.
Candy bark is an easy treat to make year round and makes a fun family tradition for the holidays. A few of my favorites include golden grahams s'mores bark and chocolate pecan toffee bark. It's so simple even the kids can help!
White chocolate melting wafers serve as the base for this sweet candy treat. Plenty of crushed Oreo cookies are added in for crunch and rich chocolate flavor. Peppermint extract combined with the sweet white chocolate base give this candy bark a soft, vanilla-mint flavor.
Top your candy bark with seasonal sprinkles, like green and red for Christmas, or blue and white for Hanukkah. Candy bark keeps well, so it can be made ahead of the holidays.
Ingredients and substitutions
- White chocolate melting wafers - I prefer Ghirardelli brand melting wafers. They are widely available at grocery stores and have a better flavor than generic brands I've found in the past. I do not recommend white chocolate chips because they do not melt and solidify back into a firm candy bar type texture.
- Oreo cookies - Can be substituted with chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers.
- Peppermint extract - Adds mint flavor to your bark. Peppermint extract can be substituted with vanilla extract if desired.
- Sprinkles - Add sprinkles in any color to suit the season.
Tips and tricks
To easily crush cookies - Add your cookies to a plastic bag, seal, and gently smash with a rolling pin.
For bright white bark - The smaller your Oreo pieces, the more your bark will turn a greyish color. If you're looking for a bright white bark with a few cookie pieces throughout, try slicing your cookies with a knife instead of crushing them in a plastic bag. Use only the largest pieces and discard any dust or small crumbs.
Add sprinkles while chocolate is wet - Add your sprinkles just after spreading the chocolate out to dry to ensure they stick.
Slice with a sharp knife - For smooth edges and easy slicing, use a sharp chef's knife.
Frequently asked questions
This recipe will technically work with chocolate chips, but you won't get the same end result. Melting wafers are made to be melted and solidified to make candy confections at home. Chocolate chips are made to hold their shape when heated. Did you ever notice when making chocolate chip cookies that the chocolate chips hold their shape? That's because they're manufactured this way.
Melting wafers are the ideal choice for home candy making. When melted and solidified, your candy has a shiny finish and a candy bar "snap" when broken in half.
Chocolate chips, when melted and solidified, have a dull finish and soft texture. Your candy will likely taste just as good, but will not have that candy bar "snap" or shiny finish.
Oreo peppermint bark can be prepared and stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Make sure it's stored in a tightly sealed container for best results.
Yes, you can also freeze peppermint bark for up to six months in a tightly sealed, freezer safe container.
Oreo Peppermint Bark
- 10 ounces (284 g) white chocolate melting wafers
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 10 oreo cookies, crushed
- 2 tablespoons sprinkles
- In a microwave safe bowl, add melting wafers. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.
- Add peppermint extract and stir to fully incorporate. Add crushed oreo cookies and stir to coat (mixture will be thick).
- Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet in a thin, even layer, making a 10-12 inch oval that's about ¼ inch thick. Decorate with sprinkles while candy is still wet.
- Transfer baking sheet to refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden. Remove from refrigerator, break into 2-inch squares and serve.
- Candy bark will keep for up to 2 weeks at room temperature in a tightly sealed container.
- Candy bark will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer in a tightly sealed, freezer safe container.