Kiss my Cookie Bark {Coconut Edition}

Last weekend Jordan and I went to run errands together. We went to the dollar store and the grocery store.

We’ve been trying to (remember) to pay her an allowance, in return for doing some extra chores around the house. She gets $5 per week that she puts in her piggy bank and I try to remember to make her pay for extra stuff, like those awesome toys you can get at Dollar Tree.

She’s not too good yet about understanding saving her money or waiting to spend it until she has enough for what she wants. (Case in point: a few weeks ago she paid me $5 so she could style me for the day.)

But in the car on our way to shopping she asked me what it meant to “save up for something.” So I told her that it meant she saved her money in order to buy something more expensive than what she has. I used the example that the Lego set she wants is $50 (side note: can we say outrageous?)

“How many 5′s does it take to get to $50?” she asked me.

I made her count by five’s to get to fifty. “Ten,” she answered herself.

It was quiet for a minute.

“Mommy,” she said, “you know what would be easier? … If you paid me $10 instead of $5.”

Smart kid. Future Donald Trump? Or she’ll win an award for being the lead of her sales team.

Either way, when I’m old and poor, I hope she’ll be able to afford to keep me in Hershey’s Kisses.

As soon as I made this version of this bark at Christmas, I knew I was going to make it with my favorite Kisses of all time.

Coconut Creme. Oh, how I love you.

This bark starts with macaroons. You can buy them at the store or make your own. I cut down the recipe so it only makes 13. You need 12 for this bark. Do what you will with the 13th. I’m not telling where mine went.

Chop up the good stuff.

Lay out a lake of chocolate.

And top it with the good stuff. I added toasted almonds too.

Now we just need to start a petition to get the Coconut Creme Kisses in full-year rotation. Maybe I’ll get Jordan on that. She can talk anyone into anything.


Kiss My Cookie Bark {Coconut Edition}

Kiss my Cookie Bark {Coconut Edition}

Ingredients

    For the Macaroons:
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons flour
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg white
  • For the Bark:
  • 12 macaroon cookies (1” size) either store-bought or from scratch (see below for recipe)
  • 30 Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses (or, if you can’t find those, try the almond ones)
  • 3 cups Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ - ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted (place in a 350° oven on a baking sheet for just a few minutes)

Instructions

    Make the macaroons (if you're not using store-bought):
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a cookie sheet, or use a Silpat.
  2. Stir together coconut, sugar, flour, and salt in a medium bowl. Add almond extract and egg white and stir until well blended. Drop 1” balls onto your prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake about 15 minutes until edges of cookies are golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool.
  4. Make the Bark:
  5. Chop up your macaroons and Kisses. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
  6. Melt chocolate chips in a medium, microwave safe bowl about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  7. Spread 2/3 of the melted chocolate on the prepared cookie sheet. Sprinkle chopped cookies, Kisses, and almonds on top. Drizzle with remaining chocolate. Chill until hardened. Break into pieces before serving.
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Comments

  1. I have a friend who is a coconut fiend. She would go crazy for this stuff. Gonna share this recipe with her.

  2. Yup… just another product I’lll never see up here… looks yummy!

  3. Some of the best bark I have seen right here – YUM!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Maple Raisin Ice Cream

  4. Our Dollar Tree really does have some awesome toys, haha. And she’s onto something with that $10 scheme. Maybe I’ll ask my boss tomorrow why I’m not getting paid $16 dollars instead. When I’m fired, will you please give me more of this bark? Because people, I can vouch that is IS AMAZING. I ate it all within minutes and instantly craved more of it. The toasted almonds were one of my fave parts for sure. MORE PLEASE! :)

  5. ok, i adore coconut!! this recipe is for me :)

  6. Oh my this is genius! I just tried the coconut kisses recently (and used them to make samoa cookies). They were incredible!!

  7. Hmm this looks SO delicious! I am obsessed with coconut, I only wish we got the hershey’s coconut creme’s in the UK!

  8. Awesome combination os YUUUUMMMMMMMMM! You are so clever and a woman after my heart…and tummy too! =D

  9. I totally agree that the coconut kisses should be available year round. I had them last year and then poof they were gone again until just recently. Why didn’t I buy more than 1 bag the other day? I don’t know. More reason to go to Target again I guess:-)

    This bark…pure awesomeness!!! I am a total coconut addict, so I know I would inhale it in minutes!!!!

  10. I so want to make this, but then I would want to eat it all, so maybe I should just look at it. Oh and my kid so doesn’t get the money thing, he is all, “I want that $120 lego set” I know right and you thought $50 was bad, and I tell him how long it will take to save up, and he just gets mad. Seriously I need to win the lottery I will have all the lego money he needs and I can eat all this and pay someone to work out for me!

  11. Wow I could eat the whole pan, those look amazing!! Thanks for sharing on Newlyweds Recipe linky, don’t forget to link back so others can join in too.

    I am pinning this if you’d like to follow me at http://pinterest.com/newlyweds/

  12. How did I not know about coconut kisses? I need to find them. I love coconut!

  13. I would very much LOVE to try this bark…I’m in love with coconut-almost-anything. I live REALLY close! :)

  14. You are my hero – I love coconut and chocolate. Pinning so I remember to make it later :)

  15. What a fabulous bark! Your kiddo is very smart and funny. Sounds like you guys have a great start on teaching her about money. We still need to work on that over here…mine are 14 and 17…maybe it’s a little late. :O

  16. It always amazes me how smart these kiddos are. Sometimes I think my 4-year old is smarter than my husband and me put together–scary!!

    And man, oh man, do I love coconut. This bark looks out of this world!

  17. Looks delicious! I will never add up what we have spent on Legos. It would scare me too much!

  18. I look forward to coming back here every week!!! These look fantastic! Come link up to Foodie Friday

  19. I’m in love with coconut kisses, this looks wonderful!

  20. Great recipe! If I just switch the flour to matzo cake meal, it will be a fantastic recipe for Passover this year. Definitely going to try! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Looks great- your title made me laugh!! Glad to have you at Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  22. This looks delicious! I’m definitely going to try it when I find some coconut kisses. I’ve never had them before!

  23. Wow, this bark is filled with tons of fun stuff. I love that you incorporated macaroon cookies. Definitely a plus in my book! :)

  24. Wow what an awesome idea! I’ve never seen bark done this way!! Looks AMAZING!

  25. Oh my yum! Is there anything better than chocolate and coconut? And that’s a smart girl you’ve got there mom!

  26. This looks so good, I really wish that my husband liked coconut. I might just have to make some for myself. Just wanted to let you know that I am awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award today on my blog. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  27. Oh my goodness, I’m in love with you. Your writing style. Your pictures. Your recipes. Your conversations. I’m so in love with you!!

    I just read this post and the one on stupid computers and I’ll be featuring both tonight on my spotlight post! Oh girl, you’re my new favorite.

    • By the way, I MUST add that I obviously know that this isn’t the first time that I’ve “seen” you, but you really resonated with me today! I’m just imagining you sitting there shaking your head going, “that crazy girl should know me by now, what is she even talking about??”.

  28. This is so clever and I bet delicious! I didn’t even know they sold coconut cream kisses! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday…Have a blessed Easter Dorothy :)

  29. Oh my goodness this looks like HEAVEN! I am a coconut LOVER and am always looking for the perfect Macaroon recipe so thanks for that. I can’t wait to make these. I’ll be going out tomorrow to scout out the coconut creme kisses. Have a great week.

    Michelle

  30. Hey Friend! Featuring this at Drab to Fab tonight and tomorrow! Congrats! Hope you’ll join me again with more of your great ideas!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/04/drab-to-fab-link-up-11-features.html

    Have a great weekend :)

    Amy

  31. Sounds delicious! We are thinking about giving our son an allowance too, seems about time to start teaching him about money (he has his eyes on some fancy lego sets too)…our kids must be talking! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Say what? They have coconut kisses? I have to make this recipe…and buy an extra bag for eating!

  33. WOW, this looks amazing!! I am definitely trying this :) Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  34. These look awesome …. I have not seen coconut kisses at all, but will look for them now. What size cookie sheet did you use?

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