One of my biggest fears around the Christmas holidays was that Santa would think I am naughty and leave me pieces of coal in my stocking. The threat “Santa is watching,” was enough to keep me on the straight and narrow the entire month of December. I even fell for the line my mom used to tell me, “Santa only likes to come to clean houses. We must deep clean before Christmas.” My children were smarter than me and never fell for this. A few years ago I discovered a yummy treat; this “Pieces of Coal” Bark Recipe. I don’t remember where I found the recipe, but it’s one that never fails to please the family. I know I wouldn’t have minded if Santa left this in my stocking. I might have been a little naughty for the chance to receive a few pieces!
Pieces of “Coal” will be a sweet treat for anyone on your Christmas list whether they are naughty or nice.
How To Make Pieces of Coal Bark
This recipe is so easy to make! It takes around 10 minutes of my time, is no bake, and has only four ingredients. I can have coal whenever I want it! It’s easy to make this recipe gluten-free by substituting gluten-free pretzels and gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies. If you don’t like chocolate, vanilla cream filled sandwich cookies make an excellent substitute. It won’t look like coal, but perhaps you can say it is a clean fuel alternative? Somehow that’s not quite the same title.
Tip: The recipe calls for one cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Be sure to measure a full one cup of crumbs for extreme chocolate flavor.
- 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
- 1 cup (8 ounces) small pretzel sticks
- 1 cup (8 ounces) crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (like oreos)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir, If it is not melted, microwave for 30 more seconds, stir. Add vanilla, stir until mixed. Add crushed chocolate sandwich cookies and pretzel sticks. Stir until combined. Spread on a piece of waxed paper and place in the freezer until firm. (around 30 minutes) Remove from freezer and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
This also makes a great Christmas gift. Just add a tag and voila, holiday gift giving made easy! What are your favorite easy holiday treats?