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, 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. 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 well ahead of the holidays. Or, keep on hand for unexpected guests!
Ingredients and substitutions
You'll need a bag of white chocolate melting wafers for this recipe. 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. I will go into this in more detail below!
Oreo cookies can be substituted with chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers.
Melting wafers vs. chocolate chips
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. Ever notice when you make chocolate chip cookies and your chocolate chips hold their shape? That's because they're manufactured that way.
Melting wafers are the ideal choice for home candy-making because they're very easy to use. 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.
Make ahead and freeze
Candy bark is one of my favorite easy treat recipes to make around the holidays. It's easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes, and it can last for weeks (if you don't eat it all yourself!).
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.
You can also freeze peppermint bark for up to six months in a tightly sealed, freezer safe container.
Schedule looking full? Make a batch of bark in early November, freeze it, then pull it out closer to the holidays!
Oreo Peppermint Bark
- 10 ounces 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.