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This recipe was created in a moment, just like that, when I found out about 9:30 in the evening that someone in our family had signed up to bring cookies to work with them, when they left at 5:30 am, the next morning.
I didn’t have the energy to run to the store or to bake. A rummage through the pantry netted me the craziest concoction of ingredients you’ll ever love! And so, a star was born. lol
They’re easy. The kids can even get in on making them, without too much trouble and they come together in minutes.
Plus, people LOVE them. There are people at my husband’s work who actually wait with anticipation for these cookies to be coming with him for the Christmas Eve party.
Delicious little problem-solvers — that’s what they are. Enjoy!
White Almond Chocolate Bark Popcorn, already popped Dry Chow Mein Noodles Dry Roasted Peanuts Mini Marshmallows optional, assorted Christmas Sprinkles
Almond Bark vs White Chocolate
Are White Almond Bark and White Chocolate the same thing?
No. White Almond Bark is made with vegetable fats, sugar, milk solids and flavorings. As a matter of fact, almond bark can also be chocolate flavored and brown.
Almond Bark has a chocolate-like consistency and is often used like white chocolate, as a candy coating for nuts, cookies, pretzels and other treats. It’s a sort of faux white chocolate as it contains no cocoa butter. Almond Bark is much less expensive than white chocolate. Which is why it was on hand in my pantry for a quick recipe throw together.
What is White Chocolate?
White Chocolate is an actual confectionery (candy) made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids. Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from cocoa beans.
So even though, white chocolate contains no cacao, it still contains elements of actual cocoa beans. If the label doesn’t have cocoa butter as an ingredient, it’s not real white chocolate. The quality of white chocolate is in direct proportion to the amount of cocoa butter it contains. The more cocoa butter, the easier white chocolate is to temper. And the smoother the candy or treats that can be created with it.
A Substitute for White Almond Bark
If you can’t find almond bark and are looking for a good substitute, I would recommend any inexpensive brand of white candy melts.
They are all designed for melting and dipping and are much more affordable.
Real white chocolate would be an expensive substitute in this recipe for White Chocolate No Bake Cookies. Save it for more extravagant desserts like this gorgeous
made by my friend, Lyuba, over at Will Cook for Smiles. Christmas Cheesecake
Almond Bark or Candy Melts are perfect for this White Chocolate No Bake Cookies recipe.
How to Make White Chocolate No Bake Cookies
There’s really not much to this recipe, since it was a quick and easy happy accident. The steps are simple.
Melt almond bark in large microwave-safe bowl. Add remaining ingredients to melted almond bark and stir to coat. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silicone mat. Decorate your White Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Christmas sprinkles, while the chocolate is still wet, if desired. Allow to cool and set up. Store in an airtight container.
Storing White Chocolate No Bake Cookies
You can store these on the counter in an air-tight container for a week. Keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent the white chocolate from getting to soft.
They can be stored in the fridge for the same amount of time. Be sure the container is airtight to keep condensation off the white chocolate.
Can I Freeze White Chocolate No Bake Cookies?
Yes. Once they are cooled and hardened, White Chocolate No Bake Cookies can also be frozen. Put them in a sealed zip-top bag with all the excess air removed. I like to slip that bag into a second one and seal that up as well. No chance of moisture or condensation getting into a double bag!
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Quick and tasty Christmas Cookies that are different from any other cookie you’re ever had. They’re a happy accident that we make every year, now. You’re gonna love them!
2 (24 oz) pkg white almond bark
3 cups popped popcorn
3 1/2 cups dry chow mein noodles
2 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts
3 cups mini marshmallows optional: Christmas sprinkles
Melt almond bark in large microwave-safe bowl.
Add remaining ingredients to melted almond bark and stir to coat.
Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silicone mat.
Decorate with Christmas sprinkles, while the chocolate is still wet, if desired.
Allow to cool and set up.
Store in an airtight container.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 min Category: Desserts, Cookies Method: Microwave or Stove Top Cuisine: American