A couple weeks ago a recipe for making your own chocolate Cookie Monster bark began circulating on Facebook. The recipe, by House Of Yum, which was probably inspired by this monster bark from Lil Luna, was so adorable I had to make it. I figured it would be a really great kid-friendly recipe that my kids could make themselves. They are a bit young to operate the microwave, but they pretty much did everything all on their own.
Here they are all in all their delicious glory. This platter did not last long, it was completely demolished within two days. I want to blame it on the actual Cookie Monster, but I think I might have been sleep eating. This would be really great for a Cookie Monster birthday party theme, or just for a kid’s party in general. Maybe even bake sale? I can see it selling well.
When I first scrolled through the House of Yum recipe I knew I would have to make alterations. First, the measurements weren’t enough to make a whole baking sheet of Cookie Monster bark, and I like to maximize my baking time by making big batches. Second, I prefer to bake with dark chocolate when possible; I like it more and it’s not as sweet. She also calls for 8 oz. of royal blue candy melts and that’s a huge deal breaker for me. I hate candy melts, and I know I’m not the only one. I could probably write a whole blog post on why I dislike candy melts, but it comes down to taste, nutrition and quality. I dislike the taste, the sugar content is too high in my personal opinion, and I find the quality to be sub-par in comparison to a high-end white chocolate. In the end I decided to substitute a premium white chocolate, which had 10 grams less sugar per serving compared to Wilton’s candy melts, and royal blue food dye to make my own blue Cookie Monster layer for the chocolate bark.
Chocolate Cookie Monster Bark Recipe
inspired by House of Yum, altered by The Crux.
- 10 ounces dark chocolate
- 10 ounces premium white chocolate
- Royal blue icing dye
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chip cookies, chopped in half
- 1/3 cup mini Oreos, chopped in half
- Packet of candy eyes
- Cover a cookie sheet in a piece of parchment paper.
- Microwave dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 1-2 minutes in 30 second increments until melted. Stir well.
- Pour onto parchment and spread out into a thin layer.
- Place in fridge to set and harden for a few minutes.
- If you haven’t prepared your cookies, do so now.
- When the chocolate layer has hardened, remove from fridge and allow to return to room temperature.
- Heat white chocolate carefully in the microwave at half heat for 1-2 minutes in 30 second increments. Stir well. (White chocolate can burn in the microwave, which is why I always heat it at half the power level.)
- Add royal blue icing dye to the white chocolate. I used 1/2 tsp of dye to achieve the nice Cookie Monster colour.
- Pour over the dark chocolate layer and spread with a spatula. It will take time to harden, so don’t worry if your children are slow at decorating. I would still recommend beginning right away, especially if the dark chocolate layer is still cool.
- Return the bark to the fridge and allow to set.
- Let the kids break it!