Homemade Trader Joe's Cowgirl Bark


Homemade Trader Joe's Cowgirl Bark


Homemade Trader Joe's Cowgirl Bark

The grocery store Trader Joe's has an amazing selection of sweet treats. They sell chocolate bark that is legendary to chocolate enthusiasts nationwide. This Homemade Trader Joe's Cowgirl Bark recipe is a recreation of one of their latest chocolate wonders: Cowgirl Bark. The white chocolate bark is covered in Rice Krispies, dried cranberries, peanuts, almonds, pretzels, and gingersnap cookies. Each bite of the bark recipe has a great balance of sweet and savory flavor that will have you reaching for just a little more. This chocolate bark recipe makes for the perfect fall dessert. This no bake dessert takes little time to prepare and requires almost no culinary skills to make. The dried cranberries and gingersnap cookies scream "autumn" and the bark would be a welcome addition to the dessert table at Thanksgiving. "Giddy up" and keep a batch around the house all season long.

Cooking MethodNo Bake


  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 18 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/2 cup pretzels
  • 5 gingersnap cookies, broken into chunks


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Chop the peanuts and almonds, or grind in a food processor for 20 seconds.

  3. Over a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips until smooth and fully melted.

  4. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate on top of the parchment paper until it is about 1/8" thick.

  5. Sprinkle the warm chocolate with the dried cranberries, Rice Krispies, chopped nuts, pretzels, and pieces of gingersnap cookie. Press down on the pretzels and cookie pieces to make sure they hold.

  6. Let the bark harden for at least 1 hour or until solid.

  7. Once the bark is hard, remove the parchment paper and cut into chunks.

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When I tasted this bark, I was surprised to find that I was more attracted to the salty parts of the bark rather than the sweet. I really liked the combination of white chocolate and peanuts. Next time, I'd definitely chop the pretzels up more so that I could taste them in every bite.

I am pregnant and was seriously craving something sweet. The gingersnap in this recipe was amaaaaazing!

I don't normally even like white chocolate, but this bark may make a convert out of me! I LOVE ginger snaps, and this is a terrific way to incorporate them into a dessert. The bark balances sweet and salty nicely, and frankly - I'd even make it with dark or milk chocolate. Ooh, and add some dried cherries! YUM.

I like this much better than the Trader Joe's version! Next time I would make the layer of white chocolate a little thinner and I would break up the cookies and pretzels more. I might also add an extra sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of dark chocolate to balance out the sweetness.

This bark was so yummy! Definitely better than the store bought version. I left out the nuts and added more cranberries!

This was SO good! I tried both the Trader Joe's Cowgirl Bark and the homemade, and the homemade definitely had the edge. The chocolate was just a little bit thicker and everything just felt a little less... "prepared." Do you know what I mean? Sometimes store-bought things like that are just a little too perfect. But the homemade bark had that tasty, fun quality that sets apart homemade cooking. So delicious!

This tasted much better than Trader Joe's version - nothing can compare to homemade.

Can't believe how amazing this stuff looks once it's done. So much fun to make!

I have a major sweet tooth, so I pretty much fell in love with this the second I started eating it. I loved the addition of the cookies and the peanuts gave the sweet bark a little salty crunch. I need more of this - now!


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