Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chocolate Mint Triangles

Okay, so back in the early days of my blog.

Really early, like May 2011, y'all, I made a post about After Dinner Mint Triangles.

It didn't turn out well that first time.  Tasty?  Yeah, you betcha.  Pretty?  Not so much.

This time, I put in my best girl, Ashton, on it, and she made that recipe work!

Ingredients: (Crust)
2 pkg Grasshopper Cookies (or Thin Mints),  finely ground
1 stick of butter (1/2 C)
1 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Ingredients: (Topping)
10 oz vanilla almond bark (or candy coating)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp peppermint extract
8 drops of green food coloring
1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions: (Crust)
1. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
2. Mix with finely ground Grasshoppers.  (Sounds gross, but they're cookies, not grasshoppers...)
3. Press into a non-stick foil lined 9x13.  (We doubled the recipe, so we used a huge cookie sheet.)
4. Initial your work and be proud of it!
4. (for reals) place in the freezer while you prepare the topping to help it solidify more quickly.
Directions: (Topping)
1. Melt the vanilla bark/candy coating in the microwave, stirring ever 30 seconds until smooth.
2. Using a hand mixer (easiest), mix melted bark with cream cheese, peppermint extract, and food coloring.  More if you'd like it darker, less or none if you don't mind the association of green and mint.
3. Spread the topping over your crust.
4. Melt the chips and drizzle over the top to decorate.
5. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
Tip 1: When you go to cut the triangles, this is when that non-stick foil comes into play.  Use it to lift out the entire dessert and place it on a cutting board.  This way you won't have the dish in your way, and you won't leave cut marks in the bottom of your dish.

When I was giving this recipe to one of my residents who had really enjoyed the treat, she didn't know how to easily cut the treats into triangles.  I'm not judging, but... Tip 2: Cut it into long strips, then make each strip into squares, then cut each square diagonally to create triangles.


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