Cowgirl Bark, a Sweet Indulgence

Cowgirl Bark from In Johnna's Kitchen

My favorite fella has been buying this gluten-full treat at Trader Joe’s, Cowboy Bark.  Their version includes chocolate, JoeJoes (their variation of Oreos), pretzels, peanuts, cashews and sea salt.

trader joes cowboy bark

I decided to give this my own spin and make it gluten-free.  Cowgirl Bark, you’re gonna love it!

Cowgirl Bark  In Johnna's Kitchen

A foundation of chocolate, topped with melted peanut butter chips and a plethera of gluten-free goodies to add a layer of crunch combine to make this a sweet indulgence unlike anything I’ve made before.  This is super easy to make and takes no time at all.  I made a couple batches in about 30 minutes.  If you can manage to not eat all of it, Cowgirl Bark makes a great gift. Or so I hear. 😉

Cowgirl Bark, a Sweet Indulgence

Cowgirl Bark, a Sweet Indulgence


  • 12 ounce bag chocolate chips
  • 10 ounce bag peanut butter chips
  • 6 gluten-free chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into thirds or quarters
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped peanuts
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cashews
  • sprinkle of sea salt (optional)


  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using your preferred method (microwave or double boiler), melt the chocolate chips.
  • Spread onto the parchment paper. Allow to harden either at room temperature or to speed up the process move to the freezer.
  • Melt the peanut butter chips using your preferred method. Spread over the top of the hardened chocolate layer.
  • While the peanut butter chips are still soft, sprinkle with the chocolate sandwich cookies.
  • Then add the pretzel pieces.
  • Finally, add the peanuts and cashews. This is also the time to sprinkle with sea salt if you would like.
  • You may wish to lightly press the toppings into the peanut butter layer.
  • Allow to harden, then break into pieces. Enjoy!


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