No-Bake Chocolate Mint Bars

by Amy on 25 August 2013

No-Bake Chocolate Mint BarsToday, iā€™m participating in a fun blogger event ā€” the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was assigned Lavender and Lovage, a gorgeously-photographed blog full of amazing recipes. After looking through a bunch of recipes, I decided on No-Bake Chocolate Mint Bars. I love the combo of chocolate + mint (as evidenced by my Peppermint Patty Brownie Cupcakes, Andes Mint Chip Cookies, + Mint Chocolate Chip Cocktail) + with the hot weather we’re having here, the no-bake factor was a big bonus. Y’all, these bars are flippin’ delicious. They’ve got a crisp chocolate cookie base topped with a creamy mint layer, then a rich, chocolate ganache-like layer. They taste just like Thin Mints, so if you love those Girl Scout Cookies as much I do, you’ve got to make these! They were SO easy to make, taking a mere 15 minutes to put together. Delicious AND simple? Win!

Thank you to Karen for introducing me to these fabulous Chocolate Mint Bars + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

No-Bake Chocolate Mint Bars

makes 25 bars, adapted from Lavendar and Lovage and VeryBestBaking

Ingredients

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels/Chips, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and divided
1 3/4 cups (about 30 cookies) finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 drops green food coloring
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Grease a 9-inch-square baking pan + set aside.

Microwave 1/3 cup chocolate chips/morsels + 1/3 cup butter in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70%) power for 30 seconds; Stir. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until chocolate is melted. Stir crushed cookies into melted chocoalte mixture. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, beat 1/3 cup butter, milk, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract + vanilla extract in medium mixer bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth + creamy. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is reached. Spread powdered sugar mixture evenly over cookie crumb layer.

Microwave remaining 1 2/3 cups chocolate chips/morsels, 1/3 cup butter + 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70%) power for 30 seconds; Stir. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until chocolate is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes. Spread chocolate layer evenly over powdered sugar mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. For easier cutting, allow bars to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

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1 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 25, 2013 at 11:15 pm

I love those no-bake desserts. It’s great for those warm days when you don’t want to turn the oven on. This sounds spectacular Amy, thanks for sharing.

2 Beth August 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

Hard to believe these bars don’t need to be baked. They look so pretty, with the stripe of green between two layers of chocolate!

3 Karen August 26, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi Amy! Thanks so much for the lovely write up and photo and I am so pleased that you loved these no-bake bars as much as we did! Happy Reveal Day! Karen :-)

4 Renee - Kudos Kitchen August 26, 2013 at 8:04 am

Wow! These are no-bake? What a perfect dessert for the hot, hot months of summer. I’m adding these to my list of new recipes to make just as soon as possible. Thanks for the post!

5 Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

Om nom nom! LOVE chocolate & mint! These look awesome!

6 SallyBR August 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

that is simply too awesome! I got YOUR blog, you got Karen’s blog, and she got mine! What a nice circle!

I love her blog and actually have been reading “her” for a long time… you picked a great recipe

Hope you are having a wonderful Reveal Day!

7 amy August 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

A lovely circle indeed! =)

8 Rebekah @ Making Miracles August 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

Oh those look so fantastic! I love mint and chocolate together (how could you not?!) :) I will definitely have to save these and give them a try! Fantastic SRC choice!!

9 shari@myjudythefoodie August 26, 2013 at 8:40 am

great choice. I love that this is NO BAKE. perfect for summertime.

Fellow Group D Member

10 Karen August 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

LOL! Love the fact that Sally, you and I were all matched! :-) Karen

11 danielle August 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

Great choice! They look amazing.

12 alexandra @ sweet betweens blog August 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’m being incredibly redundant here, but OMG THESE ARE SO GOOD. thank you for sharing your extras with me!

13 Janie E August 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

Those are so gorgeous looking! I had to pin these to try – yum :)
Happy reveal day.

14 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

They look so old fashion and wonderful! Chocolate and mint, I can’t get enough of them together. Pinning this one!

15 Erin @ Table for 7 August 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

They look amazing..awesome choice! happy reveal day :)

16 Emily @ Life on Food August 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

Heaven! Happy Reveal Day!

17 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

I love the secret recipe club concept! What a fun way to try out other blogger’s recipes :)

18 Heather Murphy August 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

These look divine! Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combos, peanut butter and chocolate topping the list. :)

19 Tara August 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Great looking bars! I love no bake desserts!

20 Melissa August 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Sounds amazing and look absolutely stunning! Great pick this month :)

21 Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines August 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Great choice! My favorite flavor combination, mint and chocolate! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

22 Anna (Hidden Ponies) August 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Wow, no bake AND chocolate mint?! These just rocketed to the top of my “make” list.

23 CCU August 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I love this chocolate and mint combination, a delicious dessert šŸ˜€

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

24 The Wimpy Vegetarian August 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

These look fabulous!! I would love them (right now!!). It’s a great recipe choice :-)

25 Adri August 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I love teh combo – chocolate & mint, yum. And the no-bake deal is perfect for these torrid end of summer days! Thanks. I hope all is well!

26 Sammie August 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

These mint bars sound so easy and delicious to make!! Love the recipe! Scr sounds like so much fun! :)

27 kirstin August 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Yummy! Mint and chocolate! amazing and perfect combo!!!

28 Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies August 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

These look amazing! I love the combo of chocolate and mint! Happy Reveal Day!

29 Luv What You Do August 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

What a fun concept and amazing looking bar! I saw something like that on the cover of cooking light years ago and never tackled it. I will have to give it a try!

30 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction August 27, 2013 at 8:45 am

Love thin mints! These sound amazing!

31 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

amy, these look wonderful! must try!!

32 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl August 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

These are gorgeous, Amy! I love chocolate and mint together – such a dangerous combination for me!

33 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 27, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Good choice with choosing these bars! They look awesome.

34 Nik@ABrownTable August 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Amy these look pretty amazing! The no-bake factor makes it even better.

35 Rachel Cooks August 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

NO BAKE? MINT?

Umm, yeah, I need to make these ASAP.

36 Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

These are calling my name!

37 Amy (Savory Moments) August 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

These are awesome. I love no-bake treats like this during the summer!

38 Jess August 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

All the recipes on the Secret Recipes Club are looking good this round! (or maybe I’m just really hungry…. or really pregnant!) šŸ˜‰

39 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories August 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Those look sooooo perfect! Beautiful photo too. A must try.

40 Blond Duck August 29, 2013 at 6:12 am

I wonder if I could try peanut butter….this has inspired so many ideas!

41 Kumar's Kitchen August 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

bravo on making these bars bake-free…we heart mint and choc combination in all our desserts and this is just the recipe we will go to when in a hurry,thanks for sharing :-)

42 easyfoodsmith August 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

Wow! These sure look fun to make and good to eat. Love the mint and chocolate pairing.

43 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Chocolate + mint is one of the best flavor combos ever! These look incredible, Amy!

44 bakingaddict August 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

When I saw the thumbnail I knew this was Karen’s recipe. I love no bake chocolate mint desserts too – brilliant SRC pick. Happy belated reveal day.

45 Blond Duck September 3, 2013 at 5:28 am

I hope you had a great Labor Day!

46 Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner September 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Love mint and chocolate! These bars look amazing! Pinning to make. :)

47 Kezya June 10, 2015 at 7:54 am

um hi. i have some question about the things that i don’t understand, i want to try this so i really hope that you can answer this questions.

1. what’s the meaning of 12-oz pkg. ? and how much are 2 cups?

2. it’s say ‘no bake chocolate mint bars’ but you use microwave? i don’t really get it.

please. i hope you notice this and reply immediately. thankyou;)

48 Amy June 10, 2015 at 8:17 am

Hi Kezya. Here are the answers:
1. a 12 ounce package is the weight of the amount of the chocolate chips/morsels you need for the recipe. If you are in a country that uses grams instead of ounces, that is 340 grams. 2 cups is the equivalent volume measurement, but GRAMS is the easiest measurement option for you.
2. A “no bake” recipe in the USA simply means one that doesn’t use the oven. =) In the hot weather, we Americans LOVE no-bake recipes, because we don’t want to make the house even hotter by turning on the oven.

I hope that helps!

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