12/22/09

pumpkin spice cookie bark

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Are you one of the many who is, at the last minute, still wondering what the heck to bring to your family Christmas gathering/party? You know Christmas is like in three days right? Ut oh! You're making me nervous! But I think I can help you and make you come out absolutely fabulous. Not that you already don't look tres fab, you do, but you will look super fab if you show up with these super tasty treats--they will be the talk of the dessert table, trust me. Plus you will wow your friends and family--you will, totally. This will not take a long time to make either, it's super easy and crazy-good tasting, plus it looks all professional, you know like you worked really hard at it.
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pumpkin spice cookie bark
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All you need to do is take your favorite pumpkin-spice cookie mix, instead of making them into cookies, flatten the dough out (half inch thick is good) as a thin brownie in a jelly roll pan.
You might have to reduce the cooking time too as they are thinner and might not need as much time to bake.
Then as soon as they come out of the oven put on some chopped good quality dark chocolate, let it melt, then spread it around evenly with a rubber spatula (I used about 2-3 cups of chocolate--use as much or as little as you like). If you want to add toasted pecans like I did, this is the time to sprinkle them on before the chocolate hardens. Let it cool and harden. Then you can drizzle with a little melted white chocolate. And you're done! Easy right? (if you don't have a favorite pumpkin cookie mix here is one from allrecipes.com)
Note: I did add a bit "extra" of sea salt to the cookie batter. You know me and my sweet & salty fix. It makes all the difference. All I did was sprinkle some sea salt (fine, not course) over the cookie sheet BEFORE I put the pumpkin cookie batter on--just a light, light dusting of sea salt.). Please use high quality chocolate when making these, it really make all the difference in taste and texture; the higher the cacao the better.

36 comments:

  1. This really is easy! And I am a last minute louie...haha.

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  2. I am a sweet and salty lover too! This bark is extra special. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays Dawn. I hope you are staying warm:)

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  3. YUM!!! I thought of you the other day when I made brownies and added sea salt-- it did make all the difference!

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  4. You're faboo. Yes, I am still thinking of what I can bring up to Santa Barbara...may do your chocolate tartlettes.

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  5. Maybe it's just me but the drizzle of the white chocolate on top looks like Pollack-ish art. Ok I think it's just me. But I wouldn't mind scarfing down a couple of those right now.

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  6. Fantastic! These look delicious!

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  7. Since I don't have a good sense of measurements, could you tell us how much sea salt you added? Like a quarter of a teaspoon? Also, I have Trader Joe's sea salt, which looks fairly coarse. Do you recommend fine or coarse sea salt? Thanks in advance!

    Diane

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  8. you had me @ the photo...easy recipe & great wow factor...& sea salt...
    i am in!

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  9. YUM! Chocolate and Pumpkin- nothing wrong with that :) And you know I love me some salty and sweet too. Hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas

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  10. Oh man, that looks wicked good!

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  11. Yum! These look fabulous! Will add to my baking list over winter break!

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  12. This sounds wonderful! How much sea salt did you add to the pumpkin cookie recipe?

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  13. These look so delicious. A great idea!

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  14. Those look great! I'm not looking for something else to bring though, instead I'm trying to avoid trying one more recipe. But these will be saved for after Christmas for sure!

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  15. Nothing better than sweet and salty! I love that thick layer of chocolate on top and the pumpkin base would put this over the top for me. What a fun bar for the holiday, or any time, really.

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  16. I'm all about easy - especially when pressed for time!

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  17. Great idea, easy and quick. I'm saving this one. Happy holidays!

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  18. HA you def are a sweet and salty Mama, if I may be so bold :)

    Great idea, I am actually one of those last minute types of guys, I just do my best thinking under pressure, what can I say?

    Happiest of Holidays Dawn, you totally deserve it :)

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  19. Nice little creation there. Salt makes everything better.
    You must have baked these babies when you were snowed in!

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  20. This bark sounds unique and lovely. The chocolate, pumpkin spice and sea salt combo must be amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy holidays!

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  21. how much sea salt? I used just a little sprinkling on the greased cookie sheet BEFORE I put the pumpkin cookie batter on there to bake. A light, light dusting. I used fine sea salt, not course.

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  22. ooh, what a fabulous idea! you rock ;)

    while we only got 6-8inches last sunday, i still stayed inside and watched holiday movies on my couch!

    merry christmas dawn!!

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  23. This looks like a spectacular cookie! It looks beautiful!

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  24. pumpkin and chocolate- mmm!

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  25. cookie bark, eh? i can always count on you to come up with unique and unbelievably enticing treats. my last-minute panic usually results in some store-bought oreos. :)

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  26. Oh what wonderful flavor!

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  27. I like the mix Dawn, you are so creative! Yumm....

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  28. Christmas may be over, but this would be great for our New Year's bash!

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  29. This is a great idea Dawn, there's always some space for spice in my life :)))!

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  30. this looks super good! thanks for the recipe.

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  31. What a brilliant recipe! Happy New Year.

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  32. Oh this sounds sooo good!!! YUM!!

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