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Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark

This quick and easy to make elegant Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark features tart, chewy cranberries with buttery pistachios in decadent white chocolate for the ultimate no-hassle holiday treat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Finished white chocolate bark pieces stacked.

This quick and easy to make elegant Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark features tart, chewy cranberries with buttery pistachios in decadent white chocolate for the ultimate no-hassle holiday treat.

White chocolate, cranberries, and pistachios? Can you think of a better combination for a holiday candy treat? I know that I can’t!

Finished white chocolate bark pieces stacked.

Would you like a super easy recipe for the holidays that is sure to impress? Then venture out of the ordinary, basic Christmas cookie recipes that everyone is making and whip up a batch of this Three Ingredient Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark.

It can be served right away or kept at room temperature until you’re ready for it. The best thing about this recipe is its simplicity. It takes only about 30 minutes to make! It’s surprisingly simple and packed with sweet and salty flavors. Everyone at the Christmas Party will want your recipe.


  • It’s simple, quick, and packed with holiday flavors.
  • Adds a bit of elegance to any holiday dessert tray.
  • Always a crowd-pleaser.
  • A great combination of sweet and salty flavors.

Equipment You’ll Need

  • Medium saucepan or microwave-safe bowl
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet

About the Ingredients

Recipe ingredients.
  • White melting chocolate (Use any white chocolate chips or melting wafers for this recipe. Do purchase a quality brand as store brands and off-brands tend to be waxier.)
  • Dried cranberries (Recommend Ocean Spray Craisins.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Melt the Chocolate

Melted white chocolate in a saucepan.
STEP 1.

STEP 1: Melt the white chocolate.

COOK’S TIP 
There are several different methods you can use for melting chocolate.

The easiest is the microwave method. Using a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chips or wafers in 30-second increments stirring in between until smooth (this should take only 60-90 seconds).

Another method is on the stovetop. Add the chips or wafers to a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Place the saucepan over the lowest heat possible. Stir constantly until the chocolate is about 85-90

Add the Cranberries and Pistachios

Cranberries and pistachios added to melted chocolate in a saucepan.
STEP 2.


STEP 2: Stir the cranberries and pistachios into the melted white chocolate.

Pour the Candy onto a Baking Sheet

Candy mixture poured onto a baking sheet.
STEP 3.

STEP 3: Pour the candy mixture onto a baking sheet. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to evenly spread the mixture.

Refrigerate

White chocolate bark on a baking sheet.
STEP 4.

STEP 4: Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 25 minutes for the bark to harden and set.

Break into Chunks

Breaking white chocolate bark into pieces.
STEP 5.

STEP 5: When completely cooled and set, break the bark into chunks of the desired size.

White chocolate bark pieces spread out with Christmas ornaments.

Storage

  • Store the bark in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container. Stored this way, it will last up to a week.
  • May also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
  • Before serving, set it out for about 30 minutes until it reaches room temperature (will take a little longer if it was frozen).

Tips and Variations

  • Allow time for the bark to completely set before breaking it into pieces.
  • For easier cleanup, line the baking sheet with parchment paper before pouring on the bark mixture.
  • Not a fan of white chocolate? The recipe may be made with milk, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate.
  • To make the candy even more festive, try swirling a drop of food coloring into the white chocolate or mix in some holiday sprinkles (if your kids are helping, they will LOVE this part).
White chocolate bark pieces spread out with Christmas ornaments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute other kinds of chocolate in this recipe?

I personally think that the red of the cranberries and the green pistachios against the white chocolate create quite an elegant holiday look. But, yes, you can substitute any type you like – semi-sweet, milk, or dark.

Can I use a different type of nut?

The pistachios have a good crunch and add to the festive color, but you could also use walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pecans instead.

Should I break the bark apart before freezing?

The best way to freeze this cranberry pistachio white chocolate bark is to break it into pieces, wrap the pieces in plastic wrap, and place them all in a zip-top bag or another sealed container.

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Recipe

Finished white chocolate bark pieces stacked.

Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark

This quick and easy to make elegant Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark features tart, chewy cranberries with buttery pistachios in decadent white chocolate for the ultimate no-hassle holiday treat.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooling and Setting Time:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups white melting chocolate
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup salted pistachios shelled

Instructions

  • Melt the white chocolate. (See notes below for methods.)
  • Stir the cranberries and pistachios into the melted white chocolate.
  • Pour the candy mixture onto a baking sheet. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to evenly spread the mixture.
  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 25 minutes for the bark to harden and set.
  • When completely cooled and set, break the bark into chunks of the desired size.

Notes

  • Store the bark in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container. Stored this way, it will last up to a week.
  • May also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 1 month. The best way to freeze this is to break it into pieces, wrap the pieces in plastic wrap, and place them all in a zip-top bag or another sealed container.
  • Before serving, set it out for about 30 minutes until it reaches room temperature (will take a little longer if it was frozen).
  • Allow enough time for the bark to set completely before breaking it into pieces.
  • For easier cleanup, line the baking sheet with parchment paper before pouring on the melted bark mixture.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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