A sweet treat, perfect for a Holiday themed party, a dessert, or just because you’re looking for something different to do with the eggnog, this Eggnog Cookie Dough Bark is a sure fire hit. With a sweet homemade (eggless) cookie dough layer sandwiched between two thin layers of eggnog flavored, white chocolate bark- it’s bound to become a new favorite holiday-themed dessert.
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Once upon a time, way back, when a really important someone said that ‘a house divided cannot stand’. That person would’ve been none other than Abraham Lincoln himself.
I’d also grown up hearing that our local suppliers’ recipe for eggnog came from the 14th presidents wife herself, but have yet to find anything to substantiate those claims.
Which led me to the conclusion that our capacity for myth is as bottomless as our capacity for eggnog- sometimes. Either way, eggnog is delicious- at least if you ask me, or 2/4’s of the Sons. Hence my beginning quote.
Despite that though, our house still obviously stands. Strongly. Stronger in fact, ironically, in the face of one eggnog-themed dessert in particular.
Eggnog Cookie Dough Bark.
Doesn’t that just sound delicious? I mean, just in our home, it’s brought divided sides together. It’s gotten us to acknowledge our differences, and finally find common ground over a single flavor.
It’s all because we took the heat off the main culprit. Instead of putting eggnog in the spotlight, we made it a strong second. We also paired the seasonal favorite with another strong holiday contender- the sugar cookie.
Who doesn’t love sugar cookies?!
The texture is honestly what gets to the part of my pack who can’t stand the holiday staple. Which I can understand. It’s thick, it’s viscous, and you’re expected to drink it. But what if you didn’t actually have to drink it, but could just enjoy the flavor? That might be, no scratch that, a game changer.
Let’s start with everyone’s favorite part- the cookie dough. I love this version because even though it’s uncooked- it’s totally safe to it since it’s eggless.
Just like with any traditional cookie dough, butter and sugar are creamed together until smooth. Vanilla and salt are added to the mix. Then the flour’s added, a little bit at a time, until completely incorporated. Don’t be concerned when it takes a minute to get all that flour in there, or when the dough’s extra thick.
Remember, we’re leaving out the whole messy egg bit- but everything will turn out just fine. Trust me!
A large cutting board is then covered with wax paper. Transfer your dough ball to that, cover it with another piece of wax paper, and use your preferred rolling pan to roll it out- to roughly an 8×10″ shape. I like to transfer mine to a large baking sheet, then refrigerate it for at least 10 minutes. The optimal time for me though is 20 minutes.
While your dough’s chilling, add your gingersnap cookies to a thick zip-locking bag. Smash them. Either with a couple packs with the blunt end of your met mallet, or with a couple good packs with a rolling pin. The holidays are a stressful time, and this is one heck of a great stress reliever. You want plenty of fine crumb, but a couple of bigger chunks too.
Line another sheet pan with wax paper, and prepare the chocolate according to the package instructions.
When the chocolate’s smooth, pour half out onto the wax paper lined pan. Use an inverted spatula to spread it out in an even layer, around that same 8×10 shape. It doesn’t have to be exact though, so no worries!
That chilled dough? You’re gonna remove the wax paper for once side, and carefully place it overtop the meted chocolate. Pour the rest of the melted white chocolate out on top of the dough, use an inverted spatula to spread it evenly out overtop of the sugar cookie ‘dough’.
Working quickly, before the chocolate sets, sprinkle the ginger snap crumbs evenly out over top of the bark. Chill the Eggnog Cookie Dough Bark for at least 30 minutes, but it can be chilled a couple of hours- if needed.
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Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bark
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp LorAnn Oils vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/8 tsp LorAnn Eggnog baking emulsion
- 16 oz white candy melts
- 6 gingersnap cookies
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in the vanilla and salt until incorporated. Slowly add in th flour, a little at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Your dough will be pretty thick (that’s OK!), but should be smooth and all the ingredients evenly combined.
- Cover a cutting board with a large piece of wax paper. Place the dough in the center, press it down flat, and cover it with another piece of wax paper. Roll the dough into a rectangle (about 8’x10′) between the two pieces of wax paper. I used an acrylic glass to roll mine out, but use a rolling pin if you want to be all fancy and pretty about it. Chill the rolled dough for at least 10 minutes.
- Place your ginger snaps in a quart-sized ziploc bag. You can either roll them with a rolling pin to crush, or you could go with a few well-aimed whacks of a mallet. The sons love any excuse to whack something with the meat mallet.
- Line a cookie sheet with more wax paper. Melt your white chocolate according to the package directions. Stir in the eggnog emulsion when you stir the melted chocolate.
- Pour about half of the melted chocolate out onto the wax paper and use a spatula to spread it into a rectangle a little bit bigger than the dough.
- Remove one piece of wax paper from the dough, place that side down onto the spread chocolate, and then remove the top piece of wax paper. Pour the remaining melted chocolate over top of the dough and use a spatula to spread it to cover the dough, making sure to meet the edges of the bottom layer to seal the dough inside. Sprinkle the top with the crushed ginger snaps.
- Chill until set, about least 30 minutes, or if you’re more patient than we were, leave it on the counter top to set itself. Because the cookie dough is so moist and won’t set firm, breaking this bark apart will most likely result in the chocolate separating from the dough. We can’t have that, so it’s best if you gently cut it into wedge shaped pieces. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but serve them at room temperature.
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- Dixie Crystal’s sugar
- Cabot Creamery butter
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