These Mint Cookies & Cream Bars start with a cake mix and are loaded with chopped cookies and candies. Perfect for tucking into lunchboxes!!
So, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned to you that my almost 16 month old daughter is still not walking.
It frustrates and amuses me more than it concerns me. She’s smart as a whip and her body parts all seem to be in perfect working order, so I’ve long suspected that either she’s stubborn, insecure, or just playing a giant joke on all of us.
The other day I was standing in the doorway of my kitchen, wiping down counters and texting my friend Shelly off and on when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the blur of a baby girl walking across the living room.
You know how like on the Looney Tunes, where Bugs Bunny would see something crazy and just go on like normal, then suddenly realize what he saw and do a double take?
That’s basically what happened. Suddenly I was like, WAIT.
THERE’S A BABY WALKING ACROSS MY LIVING ROOM FLOOR.
I stopped what I was doing and went in the living room and sure enough, she was walking all casually like it was NO BIG DEAL.
When I was a kid, I’d always imagine how it would feel if I’d come into my room unexpectedly and catch my Barbies walking and talking and being alive. That’s basically what this was, only with a tiny person.
And get this — when she looked up and saw me watching, she immediately sat down. And laughed.
Then she wouldn’t do it again.
It was one of the weirdest things ever. Who does that? Why is she holding out on us?
DOES SHE HAVE MORE SECRETS??
Then I stared over thinking things and creeped myself out a little. What if she sits up at night and talks to her stuffed animals? What if she knows lots of intelligent sounding words?
Does she have night vision?
All the questions!
I don’t know. There’s like this thin line between adorable and creepy and if I think about it too much, it always goes over to the creepy side because I’m weird and a little scared of kids sometimes.
That’s all the walking news I have for now. Let’s talk dessert!!
These bars start with a cake mix and are so simple to throw together. Just grab some chocolate sandwich cookies, some mint candies (I used Andes baking chips, but you could omit them or use mint M&Ms or anything that suits your fancy, really), a box of cake mix, and mint extract. Coloring them green is totally optional, but I’m weird and feel like coloring it green makes it taste mintier. Also, St. Patrick’s Day!!
These have the consistency of a cakey brownie and are perfect for tucking away into lunch boxes.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 egg plus one egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons mint extract
- 10 chocolate sandwich cookies, roughly chopped
- few drops green food coloring
- 1/3 cup chopped chocolate mint candies
- 4 TBS salted butter
- 2 heaping TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 TBS milk
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- (1/2 cup additional candy for topping bars, optional)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 7x10 or 8x8 pan (I used a 7x10, so if you use 8x8, keep in mind that your bars will be a bit thicker) with foil and spray thoroughly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine cake mix, water, oil, egg, egg yolk and extract. Beat on medium low for about a minute, until well combined and smooth. Add desired amount of food coloring and mix until combined. Fold in chopped cookies and candy.
- Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake for about 20-ish minutes (again, it depends on the pan!), or until top is lightly browned, bars are puffy, and a toothpick inserted in the center does not come out with raw batter.
- Let bars cool for about 10 minutes, then prepare frosting.
- In a small saucepan, heat butter on medium heat until melted. Add milk and cocoa powder and whisk until mixture JUST begins to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over bars and, working quickly, spread to the edges. If topping with candy, do so immediately, gently pressing so it sticks. Frosting starts to set the second it starts cooling.
- Let bars cool completely before serving.
Have a very happy Monday!!