barkgiftsIf you like to frequent Trader Joe’s as much as we do, then you’ve probably seen their yummy cowgirl or cowboy bark on their shelves. Because most of us in the office are gluten free, our brilliant PR maven Emily surprised us with her own spin on the mix. Here is her gluten free cowgirl bark recipe, inspired by the TJ’s favorite. We think it’s safe to say that this will beat anything you can find in the stores!

We originally envisioned this cowgirl bark recipe as a wonderful holiday treat to give to neighbors, colleagues and friends. But if you’re going to be making some as gifts, you should of course make some extra bark for yourself. We’ve typed the recipe into our printable template below so you can easily add it to your recipe stash! The best part about our cowgirl bark recipe is that there is no baking required, so it is a perfect treat to make with the kids. Just mix together the ingredients and stick your baking sheet into the refrigerator so the bark can set.

I have also designed some printable bark labels to use for gift-giving. Simply download the PDF below and print onto full-sheet label paper. Trim the labels individually and stick them right onto your jars. We absolutely love Weck jars in the studio, so this was a great opportunity to pull those out. Tie a ribbon around your jar and you are ready to spread some sweet and savory love. If you’re feeling inspired, browse all of our gluten free recipes in our recipes section! Cheers ~ Lia and the Team 

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Gluten Free Cowgirl & Cowboy Bark

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For Cowgirl Bark
  1. 20 oz. white chocolate chips
  2. 2 and 1/2 cups crisped rice cereal
  3. 1 cup gluten free pretzels
  4. 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
  5. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  6. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  7. 1/4 cup candied ginger pieces
For Cowboy Bark
  1. 20 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 2 and 1/2 cups crisped rice cereal
  3. 1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
  4. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  5. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  6. 1/2 cup peanuts
  7. 1/4 cup candied ginger pieces
  1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, or a bowl over a pan of hot water. Remove from heat, add the rice cereal and thoroughly combine.
  2. Spread melted chocolate mix evenly on an 11 x 17 baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle all the other ingredients on top of the chocolate.
  4. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top and press down firmly with your hands so that the toppings sink into the melted chocolate a bit.
  5. Place your baking sheet into the refrigerator and leave to set, around 3 hours.
  6. Take the baking sheet out of the refrigerator, break into pieces and enjoy!
  1. Easily turn this bark recipe into a gift item by packaging it in a Weck jar and tying a cute ribbon around it - feel free to mix and match which ingredients you like best!
Lia Griffith