Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars
A Double Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Base, Layered with Whipped Mint Ganache & Drizzled with Dark Chocolate Glaze. A Cool & Refreshing Dessert that’s bursting with Fresh, Herbal Mint from your Garden!
What do you do when you have a crap-ton of mint in your garden?
(…these are the kind of questions that run through my head on any given day. Welcome to my dysfunction…)
I’ll tell ya what you do! You make Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars! …oh, holla…
Maybe you are the type who typically associates Mint + Chocolate with the more wintry season. I get it. It’s cool… and frosty… and it maybe makes you think of smiling snowmen in waistcoats singing in Bing Crosby’s voice while twirling around candy cane hitching posts half-buried under sparkling snow drifts. No? Just me? Ok, well, we’ve already acknowledged my dysfunction so lets not beat a dead horse.
It’s time to open our miiiiiiiiiiiinds…. I’m talking Mint + Chocolate in late summer, people! It makes perfect sense! Our herb gardens are overrun with the junk! And one can only drink so many mojitos before one starts getting funny looks, and gentle interventions from one’s loved ones.
Not that I speak from experience or anything.
These bars begin with my favorite chocolate cookie recipe, amped up with a few handfuls of mini chocolate chips. This recipe is great for roll-out cookies, but for this preparation, we are going to press a thick layer into a baking dish for a bar base. You are going to love the texture of this chocolatey cookie! It’s so dense, yet tender and crumbly. It’s a lot like a shortbread, but with a deep, intense chocolate flavor…
Next, a layer of whipped mint ganache is smoothed on top. Fresh mint leaves are steeped in heavy cream, imparting a cool, herbal note that’s like a roundhouse kick in the mouth. But in a good way.
Finally, a dark chocolate glaze gets drizzled on top, giving the bars the most gorgeous, shiny loveliness…
I kind of think of these bars almost like a twist on a Twix candy bar. Only, instead of just a plain cookie, we have double chocolate shortbread. And instead of caramel or peanut butter, we have whipped mint ganache. And instead of a milk chocolate coating, we have a dark chocolate glaze.
Ok, so, maybe they’re really nothing like a Twix at all.
Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars are a great way to celebrate the last of summer! Do what you can with all those gorgeous fresh herbs that are at their peak of freshness!
Are you a fan of Chocolate + Mint? Is it more of a summer thing for you, or do you associate it with winter? Quite frankly, I think these bars would be delicious at any time of the year… if you don’t have/don’t want to use fresh mint, it would work just great with a half teaspoon or so of mint extract. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!