Leftover royal icing inspired the idea for this bark. I used up a bunch of it recently making random sugar eyes and then decided to make some color version for a potential Halloween post.
As I was mechanically piping away, my mind was working overtime generating baking ideas like these Nazar cookies. Then I thought about placing of a field of these different colored eyes on a black background. Another cookie maybe? But then making a black bark idea came. Adding Oreo cookies were a short hop from that.
So my first Halloween idea of the season is a cute one. I have at least one gross one up my sleeve (remember my hunks of flesh rice krispie treats?) but I'm sticking with cute for today. Boo!
Kooky Spooky Monster Eyes Oreo Bark
- I package of Chocolate Almond Bark
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- Black paste food coloring
- 1 package double stuff oreos broken into pieces
- Royal icing eyes (instructions below)
- Line a backing sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt almond bark and shortening together in the microwave or over a double boiler on the stove.
- Add black food coloring.
- Pour onto baking sheet creating a layer about 1/2 inch thick.
- Sprinkle oreo pieces and press in.
- Place pairs of color eyes around in different places.
- Let dry until the whole piece is solid and then break into pieces.
To make Royal Icing eyes:
You will need:
- Parchment paper
- Your favorite royal icing recipe (or use left over icing). I use this one from Bake at 350.
- Paste food coloring (black and then any other color eyes you want to make aside from white)
- Disposable pastry bags.
- #1 tip
- #2 tip(s)
- Fit the bags, one with #1 (for the black icing), the rest with #2 tips.
- Divide icing into however many color eyes you want to make.
- Make sure the consistency is not too watery. You need thick icing. Adding sifted powdered sugar will thicken it.
- Color one portion black and fill the #1 fitted pastry bag.
- Fill the other bags with the #2 tips with the other icing colors.
- Pipe several dots out onto the parchment paper (I make several different sizes.)
- Then use the black icing to make a dot in the middle of the previous dots.
- Repeat until you have as many eyes as you need.
- Let dry overnight.
- Store in airtight containers or zip lock bags.