Mint Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars {AKA Shamrock Bars}

These Mint Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars are perfect for the March and therefor I’m calling also calling them Shamrock Bars. I’m not sure what you feed the leprechauns in your world, but these went over pretty well in mine. It seems like those little green fellows favor anything minty, and with one layer of cookies and cream cheesecake and another of chocolate fudgie goodness, how could you go wrong? If mint isn’t your cup of tea, simply use your favorite Oreo substitute. You are sure to find a winning combination.
Mint Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars {AKA Shamrock Bars}
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup cold butter
  2. 1 box devil's food chocolate cake
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 (8 oz.) block of cream cheese, softened
  5. 2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. 20 Mint Oreos, chopped into fourths, 15 for for the cheesecake layer, 5 for the topping
  9. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. In mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix and butter. Beat on medium until crumbly. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Spread mixture in prepared pan. Sprinkle 15 Mint Oreos, chopped into fourths, evenly over bottom layer. In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Pour evenly over chopped Oreos. Make sure to pour as evenly as possible across the crust. It may not look like there is enough, but the batter will expand upon baking. If you need to, use a spoon to scoop batter from thicker spots to those that seem a little thin. Sprinkle reserved cookie piece over the top of bars. Pop in oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven. Set aside. Place chocolate chips into a zip-loc baggie and put into microwave for 20 second intervals. Squish the bag with your fingers to mix and smooth the chocolate between intervals. When melted smooth, snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag and drizzle over bars. Cool until set, the fridge can hasten this process. Cut and enjoy!!!
Adapted from Cookies and Cups
Adapted from Cookies and Cups
Jasey's Crazy Daisy http://jaseyscrazydaisy.com/
 
I think I’ll have another. Thank goodness they are so easy to make!
 
Speaking of leprechauns, have you started thinking about how you might catch one this year? There’s still time if you hurry. Maybe this is the year we’ll get our hands on all that lucky gold!

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