Apricot-Chai Almond Bark

No baking is needed with this easy layer and break-apart holiday treat.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 24

3/4
cup slivered almonds
24
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
1/4
cup apricot nectar
3
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground cardamom
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4
cup finely chopped dried apricots

  • 1 Sprinkle almonds in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown. Cool 10 minutes. In food processor, process almonds until finely chopped; set aside.
  • 2 Line 15x10x1-inch pan with waxed paper. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave 12 oz of the candy coating on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted. Quickly stir in 1/3 cup of the chopped almonds. Spread evenly in pan. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until set.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix apricot nectar, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, vanilla and lemon peel; set aside. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 12 oz candy coating on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted. Quickly stir in apricot nectar mixture and dried apricots.
  • 4 Pour and spread over chilled bark. Sprinkle with remaining chopped almonds. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Break into 2-inch pieces.

Expert Tips

Aysha Schurman from Ammon, ID created this recipe for a Celebrate the Season Holiday Cookie Contest.

"This recipe combines the flavors of my favorite treat, Chai tea, with my family’s favorite treat, apricots. The recipe evolved over a few different batches, and even I have to admit that the first few tries were awful. However, ever since I found the right combination a few years ago, everyone begs me to bring my special bark to their holiday party." Aysha Schurman

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
25mg
25%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.