{{Guest Blogger Recipe }} Leigh Anne from YOUR HOMEBASED MOM

Today we welcome our guest blogger 
Leigh Anne 
 from
she is sharing with us her recipe for
Red, White & Blue Cookie Bark
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I love the Fourth of July. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my ancestors came over on the Mayflower and I have relatives that fought in the Revolution War but I love America!!

We usually spend the Fourth of July at the Oregon Coast with a bonfire and making s’mores on the beach watching the fireworks. During the day there is a BBQ and a good old fashioned, small town 4th of July parade!

What better way to celebrate the Fourth than with some red, white and blue food and treats!?

Another thing I love (I love a lot of things) is the combination of sweet and salty. Last year at Halloween I made some Candy Corn Cookie Bark, a great combo of white chocolate, pretzels, Oreos,and candy corn (another thing I love). I loved it so much I had to make a Christmas version – Reindeer Corn Cookie Bark. I couldn’t wait to try Cupid Corn Cookie Bark on Valentines Day. Then when my neighbor called to tell me she had found Easter candy corn I knew there would be some Bunny Cookie Bark.

Well, to round out the year we needed something for the Fourth of July -Red, White and Blue Cookie Bark. (I’m open to suggestions for a better name)
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The best part is how easy it is to make. I used my Silpat on a cookie sheet or you could cover the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Just crush up about a dozen Oreo cookies and several hand fulls of pretzels. I used vanilla melts from the bulk food section of my grocery store or you can buy the Wilton Melts at the craft store (about l lbs worth.)
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Melt the chocolate in the microwave and then pour over the top of the broken cookies and pretzels. Sprinkle with M&M’s (or candy corn) and then with red, white and blue sprinkles. 
(Be aware, a lot more blue M&M’s come in a package than red, about twice as many!)
For more detailed instructions and recipe check out my post on Candy Corn Cookie Bark.
Let the chocolate harden and then break into pieces, place in a pretty container and enjoy.
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It makes a great treat for a holiday party or to give as a gift. Get creative and think up your own combination of sweet and savory for some cookie bark. Let me know what you come up with.

Happy Fourth of July!
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thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us all Leigh Anne…This would make a great FATHERS DAY gift as well :)
Be sure to check out Leigh Anne’s other great ideas at YOUR HOMEBASED MOM

Comments

  1. 1

    OMGosh, this looks yummy! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the inst.

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    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    Ok, so that is like the MOST beautiful dessert I have EVER seen!
    Yuuuummmmmmm!

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    Anonymous says:

    I love Leigh Anne. I have gone to her blog before! Thanks for this recipe I will bring it to my families fourth of July BBQ this year. Yeah so excited!

  4. 4

    Nothing says patriotism than Oreo's, pretzels, and chocolate! Delicious.

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    Shelly @ Giggles and Twirls says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks!

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    What a great idea and definitely not difficult. The hardest part might be not eating all the M&M's while waiting for the almond bark to melt! :)

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    what a great treat for the 4th of july or anytime. i guess you'd have to start eating the blue ones to make the count even, huh?

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    Baby.Got.Craft says:

    Can't wait to try that!

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    Jamielyn says:

    What a cute and YUMMY dessert!! I'd love for you to link this up at sundae scoop http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

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    I'm going to feature this over at Life As Lori during my Get Your Craft on Thursday. If you would like to stop over and grab my I was featured button please do so.

    These look yummy!

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    Thanks Leigh Anne for the yummy recipe and introducing us to lovestitched. What a delightful blog. HAPPY 4TH OF JLUY TO ONE AND ALL!

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    Jenglamgirl says:

    i LOVE THE 4TH TOO! seeing my kids light up to the lite sky… the bbq's… the colors the patriotism… all of it. My kids would love this recipe, and would love helping me make and eat it. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing, coming over from fingerprints on the fridge, and your newest follower too. Jenn

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    ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com says:

    Yum! This looks so good and easy to make!! Can't wait to try it.

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    Huskerbabe says:

    Firecracker cookie bark?

    I made the halloween bark for MOPs and it was a big hit.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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    Anonymous says:

    how about freedom bark, cause you have the freedom to put anything in it you want!!!

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    linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous says:

    Too pretty to eat! lol YUM!! Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
    have a safe and happy 4th!
    Linda

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    Carolina says:

    I made these for BBQs yesterday, and they were a hit! Thanks so much. You can see my pic here:
    http://expectmoore.blogspot.com/2010/07/independence-day-snacks.html

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    Snichols says:

    What a great and easy idea!

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    Anonymous says:

    Just made this last night on a jelly roll pan and doubled the recipe. Walmart sells a 2 lb brick called Plymouth Pantry Vanilla Bark for $2.88. It took two of those to cover it. I weighed it too…5 lbs. of yummy!

    I added a sprinkle called Patriotic Mix that includes red and blue stars.

    I am calling it Patriotic Crunch Bark. Thanks for the recipe and both blogs. I normally don't read blogs but both were fun and informative.

    Hello from sunny Tampa, FL

    Toot Sweet:)

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    Anonymous says:

    I included my five-year-old son and his friend in making these today. They had a great time crushing the pretzels and cookies. The recipe turned out perfectly and really cute to look at. I used white chocolate chips, warmed with a bit of shortening over very low heat. I needed two bags of chocolate chips to cover the mixture. The boys loved it.

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    Hello from Washington State -
    Sounded like you were wanting a new name for your Red, White and Blue Cookie Bark. How about Independence Cookie Bark? But thank you so much for the recipe, I will be making it for my little kids in my Primary class at church this Sunday.

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    Hi just a quick question I tried the recipe tonight and I may have crushed the ores and pretzels too much are they to be broken or smashed? It made a lot with the 12 oreos and the one pound bag of white chocolate didn’t cover it and I could pour it ii ended up being a glob on the mix. Any suggestions what I may be doing wrong???
    Thank you so much

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      Polly McDonald says:

      That is just what happened to mine. Big glob!! There was no “pouring” to be done. I found out afterward that you can thin the melts or chocolate out with vegetable oil or crisco (melted) and it won’t alter the flavor. I used 3 12-oz bags of melts and that seemed to cover everything in a lined cookie sheet once I used my fingers to spread it out, but it was quite a mess. Thankfully it sort of all came together at the end, but it’s not “bark”, like I was hoping for. It’s thicker, but still delicious!

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    Just made this! Instead of standard oreos I used the red white and blue holiday ones from Oreo. Looks Beautiful. My guests will LOVE this.. That is if my 7 year old leaves any behind for them. Thanks for the idea!

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    Katie M says:

    Making this for tomorrow! Looks delicious. Thanks!

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    I made this and it was fantastic! The vanilla cookie melts taste like the Oreo creme filling! I sed red and blue Sixlets candy from Party City instead of m&m’s, since I couldn’t find patriotic m&ms. Next time I’ll double the pretzels and make sure to use a huge cookie sheet so that the melts spread out thinly. They are rich!

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    Polly McDonald says:

    How about “All-American Bark”?

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    I like the fire cracker cookie bar idea it sounds cool… For a name. :)

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