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Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars are perfect for the mint lovers in your life! And if you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day recipe, you’re covered! The green cheesecake filling is a wonderful way to celebrate one’s Irish heritage!

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars on a white rectangular tray

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars 

With the boys out of the house, I need to focus on smaller desserts. Big ol’ cheesecakes and layer cakes would take forever for the 3 of us to finish. Plus we all have our own preferences and there is not much overlap. The only mint Bill will ingest comes in a tube and goes on his toothbrush. But all 3 kids love minty desserts.

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I figured a small batch of mint cheesecake bars would be a nice green treat for Katie. A chocolate cookie crust was the base for these bars, followed by a minty creme de menthe flavored filling and ganache topping.

 

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars on a square white plate

Mint Cheesecake Bars

I used Nabisco Famous wafers, but even Oreos will work. No need to remove the filling if you substitute; just process the cookies until crumbs form and eliminate the sugar from the crust ingredients. The baked then cooled crust was layered with a cream cheese mixture flavored with Creme de Menthe liqueur.

The filling smelled strongly of alcohol, but only the mint flavor will remain after baking. If you’d like, you can substitute a bit of peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring. The ganache topping was made with milk chocolate chips as Katie is not the heavy-duty chocolate lover like the men in the family. Semisweet chips would work just as well…just go with your preference.

Katie and I both loved these puppies. Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars are perfect for St. Patty’s Day, too.

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Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars - cookie crust, minty cheesecake filling topped with milk chocolate ganache

Grasshopper Cheesecake Bars

Layered minty cheesecake bars!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Yield 16 bars

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 2 T sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons creme de menthe

Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Stir together crust ingredients and press into an 8x8 pan lined with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth. Add egg and mix till incorporated. Mix in flour. Stir in creme de menthe. Spread batter over cooled crust and bake 30-35 minutes. Cool.
  4. Melt butter with chocolate chips in the microwave, stopping and stirring in 30-second increments, till melted and smooth. Mix in corn syrup. Cool slightly before pouring over cream cheese layer. Chill completely before cutting.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

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