Double Chocolate Peppermint Bars

November 16, 2009

Chocolate Peppermint Bars 2

With our SPCA Bake Sale looming on the calendar, I’ve been busy planning and test-driving a couple of new recipes.  The last thing I need during the baking frenzy is a recipe that doesn’t work!  I have a bunch of tried-and-true favorites that I’m making, but still wandered through my cookbook collection in search of some new goodies to try.  I flipped through Carole Walter’s “Great Cookies”, and found a dark chocolaty recipe called Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bars that sounded crazy good.

You make a dark chocolate shortbread base and then top it with a dark chocolate brownie filling that has peppermint schnapps in it.  Then you cover the whole thing with a thin chocolate ganache that has even more schnapps in it.  How bad could that possibly be!  It certainly deserved a test-drive!

I didn’t have schnapps so I used peppermint extract instead, and left the ganache layer off since I thought it might be too smeary and messy once it’s packaged in a cute little treat bag.  The top got a sprinkle of crushed candy canes instead.

Chocolate Peppermint Bars 1

Can I just say YUMMY??  Oh, mommy, these have an incredible chocolate flavor!  Maybe I loved them so much because I adore chocolate shortbread and brownies and peppermint.

Only one little problem…my bars didn’t come out looking anything like the photo.  I expected the bars to be kind of chunky and thick, but mine came out very thin; only about 1/2″.  Phooey.  I can’t figure out what I might have done wrong, if anything, but I guess it doesn’t matter.  I think the bars are too thin and fragile to work well for the bake sale, which is a bummer, but this recipe is a keeper!  If I make them again and don’t need to package them, I’ll definitely add the ganache layer!

~BigSis

10 Comments so far

  1. Posted by LilSis

    November 16, 20098:14 pm

    I think they look great. Maybe not exactly what you expected, but I’d still buy them at a bake sale! :-)

  2. Posted by BigSis

    November 16, 20098:33 pm

    Thanks, LilSis. Too bad you won’t be in town to shop the sale! Maybe I’ll send some goodies to the guys.

  3. Posted by girlichef

    November 18, 20094:45 pm

    OH.EM.GEE! These look UH.MAZ.ING!
    .-= girlichef´s last blog post … C. H. O. C. O. F. L. A. N. …it speaks for itself… =-.

  4. Posted by BigSis

    November 18, 20097:12 pm

    Hidey ho, girlichef! They were tasty little guys, for sure, and I’ll try them again after the bake sale to see if I can get them to come out taller!

  5. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    November 18, 20096:07 pm

    Me too!!! I would take some of these babies home anyday!!
    .-= Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer´s last blog post … Moments in Time =-.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    November 18, 20097:10 pm

    Thanks, Cathy. If you’re a chocolate fan, I bet you’d like these!

  7. Posted by grace

    November 19, 200911:36 am

    truly, i don’t think there’s any combination of chocolate and mint that i won’t inhale.
    .-= grace´s last blog post … equal opportunity chocolate-eater =-.

  8. Posted by BigSis

    November 19, 20096:30 pm

    I agree with you totally, Grace! I just bought some mint M&Ms the other day, and I’m hoping they have chocolate in them along with the mint.

  9. Posted by Katrina

    November 21, 20094:12 pm

    These look and sounds great. I love choc/mint!
    .-= Katrina´s last blog post … Random Things and Some Blogger Linky Love =-.

  10. Posted by BigSis

    November 21, 20095:28 pm

    Hi, Katrina! I love it too. I’m going to do some chocolate brownies with mint oreos for the SPCA bake sale! 😀

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