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Grasshopper Bars

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These beautifully layered Grasshopper Bars are rich brownies topped with mint buttercream and ganache mimicking the flavors of the grasshopper cocktail!

Grasshopper Bars on a white dessert plate

Grasshopper Bars

Call me crazy, but I joined another cook-along group, Baked Sunday Mornings.  This bunch posts a different recipe from Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito every other Sunday.  The first few recipes on the schedule just wouldn’t fly around here, but I was excited about these Grasshopper Bars AKA Layered Grasshopper Brownies.  Even though hubby is anti-mint, the rest of the family adores the chocolate-mint combo.

Three Grasshopper Bars on a decorative white plate

Layered Grasshopper Brownies

These layered grasshopper brownies were a little too good.  Meaning I sampled many, many nibbles and slivers…I need to give some away as my willpower is waning (get ready Sharon and Jeff!).  Moist brownie, topped with creme de menthe spiked buttercream, then a thin layer of ganache…yeah, it’s as fabulous as it sounds.  This recipe and more can be found in the cookbook, Baked Explorations. And I’ll be back with coffee ice cream in two weeks…I tasted caffΓ© gelato at every gelateria we visited in Italy last summer….so I’m excited about the next challenge.

Plus, if you love this combo, you’ll also enjoy my Creme de Menthe Cake and Grasshopper Pie!

Grasshopper Bars

Grasshopper Bars

Delicious layered brownies with a minty filling and chocolate glaze!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Yield 24 brownies

Ingredients

For the Brownie Base:

  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Buttercream:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons creme de menthe
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ΒΊ.
  2. Line a 9 x 13inch pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. To make the base, whisk together the flour, the salt, and cocoa powder.
  4. Melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave, stopping to stir frequently, then add the sugars when chocolate is smooth and completely melted. Let mixture come to room temperature.
  5. Add eggs to the chocolate/butter mixture and whisk until just combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Sprinkle the flour/cocoa/salt mix over the chocolate. Using a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet till there is just a trace amount of the flour/cocoa mix visible.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth with an offset spatula, and bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes. The brownies should be just a tad underdone. A toothpick inserted into the brownies at an angle should contain a few loose crumbs. Remove the brownies from the oven and let cool completely white you make the creme de menthe filling.
  8. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Pour the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high till cool. Reduce the speed to low, add the butter and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until filling is light and fluffy.
  10. Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract and mix until combined. Spread the filling evenly across the top of the brownie later and place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes, while you make the chocolate glaze.
  11. To make the glaze, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter and carefully melt in the microwave, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds till melted and smooth.Then stir vigorously for 1 minute to help cool the glaze.
  12. Pour the mixture over the chilled creme de menthe layer and use an offset spatula to spread it in an even layer. Place the pan back in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.
  13. Remove the pan from the refrigerator; wait about 15 minutes for the glaze to soften slightly, and cut the bars with a warm knife and serve immediately.

Yield: 24 brownies

Total time: 3-4 hours with chilling times

These bars can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 4 days.

Notes

Adapted from: Baked Explorations

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 60mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
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67 comments on “Grasshopper Bars”

  1. My mom would have loved these and my son is a huge mint fan too. I already know these are going to be great from the watering mouth I have!

  2. I love the look of the smooth, minty layers. Great post!

  3. Oh Liz, these grasshopper bars are fun!!

  4. They look fab….awesome πŸ™‚

  5. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  6. Oh yum! I have this cookbook too and I think I even bookmarked this recipe to make and then promptly forgot about it, lol. We love mint in this house so I really need to make these. Thanks!

  7. What a great name for the recipe Lizzy, the contrast of colors makes it so delicious.

  8. Lizzy, Beautiful bars! I did a lot of sampling last night, too! I know I’ll be giving a bunch away today! My neighbor loves when I bake! Great job!

  9. I know I’ve had a brownie like this before and LOVED it but never got the recipe. I’ll try these for sure. I am a huge fan of Choco and mint!

  10. Just knew we’d see these bars today πŸ˜‰ Great pics too!

  11. amazing like all you make dear Lizzy, love yours plates too, xgloria

  12. These look so fudgy! They are perfect!

  13. Glad you are joining us! I’ve loved most of the recipes so far. Your bars turned out beautifully, and I love your presentation with the mint leaves on the plates.

  14. These are so stunning and look like they taste great too!

  15. Oh, Lizzy! Now I know why you said you had a sugar overdose yesterday!! πŸ˜‰
    These look so delicious and I love anything mint.

  16. awesome looking bars

  17. OMG….you are a devil!

  18. Oh Lizzy, these look simply decadent and divine and your photos are fab! Thanks for sharing!

  19. These look delicious! I want to lick my screen. LOL thanks for sharing.

  20. I love brownies with mint…mmmmm… These remind me of those ande mint candies with the way they look too! So beautiful and delicious!

  21. These would make my hubby sooo happy!!! They look so beautiful Lizzy! Great job! Now I can’t wait to see your gelato al caffe’ recipe… it is one of my favorite ice cream flavors! πŸ™‚

  22. Yours look stunning. I love the little sprigs of mint.

  23. I can’t wait for the recipe! I want to make them too! Drooling sooo bad here in front of my screen.

  24. These look so decadent and delicious! Nice!

  25. This looks awesome. I would love to have a slice, I see you have plenty lying around:)

  26. Those do look dangerous! I love chocolate and mint together.

  27. Looks wonderful! I like the recipe name.

  28. These look absolutely supreme. Love the combination and color. Yum!!!

  29. You mix mint and chocolate together and you’re my new favorite person! πŸ™‚ I’ll certainly be giving these a try SOON!

    Newest follower from the Savvy HomeMade Hop. You can find me at http://theoldsimplelife.blogspot.com/

  30. Lizzy…I love chocolate and mint combo! These look so perfect and pretty! : )

  31. Chocolate and mint are such a winning combination and your picture is perfect-yum! Thanks for the link over, the bar recipe is not there yet but I did pick up on some other tasty things!

  32. I love grasshopper anything! These bars look perfect Lizzy!

  33. I’m a fan of chocolate mint, but only every once in a while. These look amazing!

  34. Hi,blog hopping and following from Savvy HomeMade Monday.

  35. YUMMY and I love grasshopper anything. First cocktail I was allowed to have as a child at christmas was a grasshopper cocktail. There bars look awesome!

  36. These are awesome! Luckily they make a non-alcoholic creme de menthe for me, but I bet that takes away from some of the “magic” πŸ˜€

  37. I had to skip this only because I had a number of deadlines and there is just so much, I can bake and eat, at one time. Since, I would be the one to love this, I decided it would not be good to have in the house.

    Looking at yours, I am wondering if I made the right choice.

  38. Those look soooooo-hooooo good! I love anything mint chocolate. I love the way the colors layer – so pretty! Seriously, how do you stay so skinny?

  39. Lizzy, these look stupendous! I have to make at least one Chocolate/mint bar cookie for the holidays every year and since I’m already thinking ahead to that, this may just be what goes on this years list. Thanks!!

  40. I love the Baked books (actually baking from them today!). And I had just added these bars to my list of things to make soon! Your’s look sooo perfect!

  41. I want to sink my teeth on this chocolate bars!!

  42. Chocolate & mint are my favorite flavors together so this looks absolutely amazing!!

  43. Delicious! Have fun with this new group πŸ™‚

  44. I need to make these! They look SO good.

  45. Wow, Lizzy-no wonder you’re the “skinny chick”…with all those groups to join, all that energy, I’d be skinny too (not)!
    Love these awesome bars, especially the mint filling! Will look into the group, but I doubt I would be doing this every Sunday, or once a month?
    I really admire your talent, and your energy to keep so busy!

  46. Delicious and beautiful!

  47. Yum these sound amazing! They remind me of Andy’s Mints and I LOVE those! I’d love for you to come link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! πŸ™‚

    http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-no2.html

  48. Oh Lizzy… I think my heart just went pitter pat with love… Those are the most beautiful things I’ve seen all day! I’ve actually had these before and I remember how awesome they were! Thanks for sharing!

  49. My husband’s favorite mint & chocolate! He’ll be over at your house if he smells this is at your house.. hehee.

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