Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark

ONE MORE WEEK TIL CHRISTMAS, YOU GUYS!!!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I am EXCITED for the holiday season (in case you couldn’t tell…)! This is literally my favorite time of the year. I mean, what’s not to love?! Enjoying the first snow of the season, decorating the Christmas tree, baking cookies & other holiday treats for friends, watching Elf every other damn day Christmas movies with your family. and I CANNOT WAIT for the long weekend ahead — there is so much more Christmas-ing to be done!!

But first…. we have five (very) long workdays to get through.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark | Confessions of a Midnight Baker

Never fear — chocolate to the rescue!

As if I need more chocolate in my life… in fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve consumed more in the last week than I have all damn year! A lot of our clients and their advisers send us gifts during the holidays, mostly in the form of chocolate. That, along with a cookie jar full of Dove chocolates on our side of the office AND a secret stash in my desk drawer… let’s just say I’m living life on chocolate overload lately.

and really, HOW MANY TIMES CAN I SAY CHOCOLATE IN ONE POST?!

(the current count is at six, in case you were curious)

Although, to my credit, I primarily eat dark chocolate, which is chock full of antioxidants and shit…. whiiiiiich means that it’s basically a health food. Don’t mock my logic.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark | Confessions of a Midnight Baker

Anywho, I have a REALLY easy (and delicious!) recipe to help you make it through this work week — dark chocolate pumpkin spice bark! I’m usually baking up a storm the week before Christmas, and I find that a recipe like this helps switch it up a little — and also allows me to turn off my oven for a bit. This chocolate bark only takes about a half hour to whip up and is the perfect addition to any gift.

Andddd in case you hadn’t notice, I’m not done with pumpkin just yet — shocking, I know. If you’ve already had your fill of pumpkin for the year, you can certainly leave it out of this recipe. But I think the pumpkin spice adds such a yummy twist to this bark and I highly recommend you try it as is at least once!

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark | Confessions of a Midnight Baker

If you REALLY want to get festive, you might even sprinkle some dried cranberries on top! However, we’re a bunch of dried cranberry haters here in the Bartash household, so pumpkin seeds and almonds get to share the spotlight instead.

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bark
 
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Yield: 3 dozen pieces
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup dark chocolate (chips or a bar, broken up)
  • 1½ cups white chocolate (chips or a bar, broken up)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup whole almonds, roughly chopped (or sliced almonds)
Instructions
  1. Line a 9x13" cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt dark chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler, and then pour onto cookie sheet. Spread until even; there should be a thin layer of chocolate, though it doesn't have to touch the sides.
  3. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to harden.
  4. Melt white chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in the pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the dark chocolate layer and spread evenly. Be sure to work quickly - the frozen dark chocolate will start to melt and the white chocolate will start to harden.
  5. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds and almonds on top, pressing into the chocolate gently with your fingers to ensure it sticks.
  6. Put in the freezer for another 10 minutes or so. Once hardened, break the chocolate into pieces and store in the refrigerator.
Notes / Variations
For a festive twist, add ¼ cup of dried cranberries. If desired, substitute ½ teaspoon cinnamon for the pumpkin pie spice or omit altogether.

Recipe from: Pumpkin Bark | Minimalist Baker
Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 1 piece Calories: 80 Fat: 4.7g Saturated Fat: 2.6g Carbohydrates: 10.2g Sugar: 9.3g Protein: 1.4g

Happy ba(r)king, my friends!

Confessions of a Midnight Baker

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