Now, I love me a strong mint flavor so I went ahead and doubled the amount of peppermint extract that the original recipe called for. I suggest you do the same and am reflecting this change, below (it wasn't overly minty so no worries!). I had considered making brownies from scratch but ended up having a coupons for the cookies that were actually listed in the original recipe so bough those for $1 instead. Why mess with the simplicity? Super simple and super addicting. Want to make this recipe even easier? I don't see why you couldn't just buy a tub of vanilla frosting and add in the peppermint extract and green food coloring. These cookie bars taste like thin mints but a million times better. I mean let's all agree - anything homemade and with frosting to boot is automatically better! Oh, and about that frosting, it doesn't dry/harden so you can't stack them which was a bit annoying but don't worry, these will get eaten right up anyway so no need to store!
So, top of the morning to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
PS: Does anybody know why they are called Grasshopper anyway? Is it just because they're green??
Grasshopper Cookie Bars
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 36 bar cookies (You can cut the pieces larger or smaller to get more or less pieces. I usually cut mine in 4 rows by 8 columns in a 9x13 pan so usually end up with 32 of them myself.)
For the Bars
- 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 egg
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 small package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons milk (omitted but add in for a thinner frosting)
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- 3 to 4 drops green food color (more or less to get desired tint of green)
- 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, stir all Bar ingredients until soft dough forms. Press into pan; bake 15 minutes. Cool about 10 minutes.
- In large bowl, stir all Frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread over bars.
- In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate drizzle ingredients on High 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle over frosting.
- Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.