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Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries

I am a huge fan of peppermint bark, so naturally when I saw this on Oprah’s website I was very excited and intrigued to want to try and make this; however, Oprah’s version had dried cherries and pumpkin seeds. Not a fan of pumpkin seeds, and I had no dried cherries on hand. I did have craisins (aka dried cranberries)! I typically make a home made trail mix that consist of semi-sweet chocolate chips, craisins, and pistachios, so I knew with a few modifications I would love this bark! This is by far one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made and it speaks volumes. All of my coworkers were impressed and I kept assuring them that this was by far the easiest recipe on the planet–even there kids could make it! 

Source: Katie Original!
Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 2-3 minutes

Serves: 12-16 ?


  • 1/2 cup shelled, dry-roasted, salted pistachios , coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate (at least 64 percent cacao), finely chopped


1. Line an 11″ x 17″ baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine pistachios and dried cranberries in a bowl. Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture. 

2. To temper chocolate: Using a microwave, place 3/4 of chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl (set aside remaining chocolate). Program microwave at 50 percent power. With bowl uncovered, heat chocolate for 30 seconds and then stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat, heating for 30 seconds and then stirring, until almost all the chocolate in the bowl is melted, about 4 minutes total. 

3.Using an instant-read thermometer, check temperature of chocolate. It should be no more than 115°. If it hasn’t reached desired temperature, continue to heat (in 10-second increments). Then add reserved chocolate and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth and thermometer reads 88° to 90°. Chocolate is now tempered. 

4. Stir nut mixture into bowl containing chocolate. 

5.Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate in an even layer, about 1/4 inch thick, on the parchment. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup nut mixture. Allow bark to cool until hard, at least 20 minutes. Break into irregular pieces. 

Tip: Wrap in gift boxes or airtight tins lined with decorative waxed paper, or place in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. Chocolate bark will last several weeks.


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2 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries”

  1. Jenn Erickson posted on December 30, 2010 at 2:15 am (#)

    Yum! Awesome improvisation Katie! Pistachios and dried cranberries sound like a perfect compliment to the dark chocolate. So glad I saw your link at the Tuesday Night Supper Club at Fudge Ripple! Happy New Year! Jenn

  2. Christy posted on December 31, 2010 at 6:32 am (#)

    so beautiful and what great flavors! i love fruit and nuts with dark chocolate…i could eat a whole plate of these 🙂 thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club–and Happy New Year!

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