If we’re being honest, this dessert is really more like a diorama than it is a fully developed recipe, but rest assured it is not lacking in flavor. I’ve been having a blast playing around with baking chocolate this holiday season (remember these salty chocolate-covered pretzels?), and recently, when we sat down to brainstorm how we could really elevate some chocolate bark, the idea of a “frozen lake” kept coming to mind.
In the end, we landed on this super simple concept: white chocolate peppermint bark, topped with coconut flakes and powdered sugar, plus some adorable figurines that transform the entire dish into a wintry woodland scene. Keep reading for the instructions, and make this sweet dessert as an unexpected alternative to gingerbread houses at this year’s holiday get-together.
- 11 oz. bag white baking chocolate
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- coarse sea salt
- coconut flakes
- powdered sugar
- vanilla frosting
- Make a double broiler by simmering a few inches of water in a saucepan. Then stack a glass or metal bowl on top of the saucepan, ensuring that it fits snuggly and that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t make contact with the water.
- Place the white chocolate chips in the bowl and stir frequently. Once the chips are mostly melted, remove the double boiler from heat and continue stirring until all the chips are melted. Add the peppermint extract and stir.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and use a silicon spatula to spread the chocolate until it's about 1/8-inch thick.
- Sprinkle sea salt all over, then sprinkle coconut flakes just around the edge of the chocolate.
- Allow to set at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if in a hurry.
- Once the chocolate is hardened, carefully press a knife into it until it cracks. Continue until pieces are sized to your liking.
- Spread a thin layer of frosting on the bottom of figurines, and set into the chocolate.
- Sprinkle all over with powdered sugar to give the illusion of powdery snow.
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