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Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark

This Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark — with its two layers of chocolate, Oreo chunks, mint chips, and mint M&Ms — is so festive and enticing that it can even double as Leprechaun Bait!

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark with semisweet and white chocolate, Oreos, mint M&Ms, and mint chips | FiveHeartHome.comPeople. It is almost MARCH. How the heck did that happen? And when did I become that person who bemoans how quickly time is passing each time a new holiday is upon us? Because I do find it quite shocking how much more rapidly each subsequent year whizzes by. Tell me I’m not the only one?

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark with semisweet and white chocolate, Oreos, mint M&Ms, and mint chips | FiveHeartHome.comReady or not, St. Patrick’s Day is on the horizon! And as the fast-flying years have progressed, so has my appreciation for St. Paddy’s Day evolved. The fun, Spring-Break-coinciding jubilee has morphed into a holiday seen through my children’s eyes, revolving now around enchanting rainbows and pots of gold. Instead of enjoying a mug of green beer come March 17th, these days I concoct treats like Leprechaun Bait for my wide-eyed kiddos to set out in hopes of capturing a tiny green imp.

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark with semisweet and white chocolate, Oreos, mint M&Ms, and mint chips | FiveHeartHome.comOf course, the bait will disappear without having caught a leprechaun, though the little guy is likely to leave a small treat for consolation. And this year, he might even prank my potty-humor loving boys with, well, some potty humor.

Even if you’re not into leprechauns at your house, I think you will enjoy this Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark any time of the year. It’s got two kinds of chocolate. It’s got Oreos. It’s got minty candies, like mint chips and mint M&Ms and Andes mint bits.

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark with semisweet and white chocolate, Oreos, mint M&Ms, and mint chips | FiveHeartHome.com
But really, you can customize it however you like, with or without the minty additions. Pick your favorite types of chocolate. Stir a splash of mint extract into your melted chocolate if you prefer things really minty. Use regular or mint chocolate sandwich cookies, or you could even use Grasshopper cookies or Thin Mints instead. Use regular or mint M&Ms. The possibilities are endless!

This treat is really easy to make, so it’s fun to let the kids help. After all, the hardest part is waiting for it to set up before breaking it into chunks and chowing down.

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark with semisweet and white chocolate, Oreos, mint M&Ms, and mint chips | FiveHeartHome.comDo you do anything fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you try to make it special for your kids? Or do you just throw on a green shirt and call it a day? Whatever you do, I hope that this year, you’ll incorporate some of this yummy, addictive Leprechaun Bait into your festivities!

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark

Leprechaun Bait ~ Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark

This Chocolate Mint Cookie Bark -- with its two layers of chocolate, Oreo chunks, mint chips, and mint M&Ms -- is so festive and enticing that it can even double as Leprechaun Bait!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 12 ouces white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (like Crisco), divided
  • 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (like regular or mint Oreos)
  • 1 cup mint chips or Andes mint bits
  • 1 cup green M&Ms (regular or mint)
  • Green sprinkles

Directions

  1. Line a large jellyroll pan or cookie sheet with wax paper. Roughly chop sandwich cookies into quarters.
  2. Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; stir chocolate well. Microwave for another 30 seconds; stir until chocolate is smooth. (If necessary, microwave in additional 15-second increments, stirring between each one, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.)
  3. Spread melted chocolate in a thin layer onto wax paper. Sprinkle with chopped cookies and mint chips (or Andes bits), pressing them down into melted chocolate in a single layer.
  4. Melt white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon shortening in a clean bowl by repeating the above process, but microwave for only 15 seconds after the initial 1 minute since white chocolate melts more quickly than regular chocolate.
  5. Carefully drizzle white chocolate over cookie layer and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle with M&Ms, pressing them down into the white chocolate, and then fill in any bare areas with green sprinkles.
  6. Refrigerate until chocolate is hard. Carefully break into large chunks and enjoy!

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

The shortening is added to the chocolate chips to help the chocolate harden once cooled. If you prefer, you may use dipping chocolate/candy coating instead of chocolate chips and shortening.

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And in case you’re looking for some green decor to go with your cookie bark…

St. Patrick's Day Free Printable ~ Irish Blessing | FiveHeartHome.comClick HERE –> St. Patrick’s Day Free Printable ~ Irish Blessing

And a few healthier treats to help balance out the candy & cookies… ;)

(Click on title below the photo to be taken to recipe)

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comChewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

Healthy Whole Wheat and Honey Banana Muffins ~ wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, coconut oil, yogurt, and honey | FiveHeartHome.comWhole Wheat & Honey Banana Muffins

Quinoa Pudding ~ dariy-free treat featuring superfoods quinoa and coconut milk; tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca | {Five Heart Home}Quinoa Pudding {with Coconut Milk & Maple Syrup}

All-Natural Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer ~ 4 ingredients and 5 minutes for preservative-free creamer | FiveHeartHome.comAll-Natural & Homemade: Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Coconut Almond Baked Oatmeal ~ a warm, nourishing breakfast that can be baked ahead of time and reheated on busy mornings | FiveHeartHome.comCoconut Almond Baked Oatmeal

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Comments

  1. I love your bark, it looks awesome and I love your ideas of leaving treats out for the leprechauns, may have to try that!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Shamene! It’s fun to add a little magic to every holiday, and the “leprechaun” is sure to enjoy polishing off this treat as well! ;)

  2. Yum! We love mint and oreos at our house. We’ll have to try this one!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Renae…hope you enjoy! My hubby is not a big fan of chocolate and mint together but I am, so I do the right thing and eat his portion for him. ;)

  3. This looks so yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! Stopping by from the Hit me with your Best Shot Linky Party to say Hi!! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you hopped over, Elina! Happy to have you, and I hope you’re having a great week! :)

  4. Wow this looks good! I love mint =) what a perfect treat for st. pattys day! I am hosting a giveaway on my page this week (posted Monday) and I would love if you would stop by and check it out!
    -Jennie

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Jennie! And I appreciate the invite to enter you giveaway…heading over to check it out now. :)

  5. Samantha, I love how festive (and delicious) this bark looks! St. Patrick’s Day is always one that gets put on the back burner for me, but any excuse to make this might have me change my mind :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m with you, Amy…I don’t need much of an excuse to make treats involving chocolate and Oreos! ;) Happy Friday!

  6. Oh my gosh – your Leprechaun Bait will tempt them all!
    Sharon and Denise

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, ladies! The problem is if it tempts me too much, there won’t be any left for the leprechauns… ;)

  7. super festive!!

  8. This bark looks SO good! It has all my favorites, I have to try it! You’re such a fun mom! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Night Fever, Samantha – just pinned! See you again this Saturday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Jen! I appreciate you stopping by and pinning, and I always enjoy joining y’all at SNF. :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Too funny, Samantha–but I always seem to land on your posts! These look awesome, as usual, and thanks for sharing another yummy recipe! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…thanks, Dee! I’m glad my posts appeal to you! :) Thanks for hopping over and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  10. I am loving all this mint love in this fun Oreo bark!!! I’m sure I would eat way too much if it was near me :-)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      That is totally my problem, Jocelyn. My husband doesn’t really care for mint and I won’t let my kids have too much of this at once, so guess who that leaves to eat it??? I should have given it away as soon as I made it! ;) Hope you’re staying warm…happy weekend!

  11. Love it! We’re making our first leprechaun trap this year. Now we have bait for the trap!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      How fun, Barb! Lucky leprechaun, to get to munch on this bark before he escapes and/or after he’s trapped…ha! ;) Enjoy!

  12. YUUUMMM! Thanks so much for sharing this delightful recipe with our Weekend Potluck party. It’s certainly a dazzling ‘holiday’ treat. Please come back again soon.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so welcome! Thanks so much for hosting each week…I always love linking up with y’all. :) Hope your March is off to a great start…thanks for stopping by! :)

  13. I love this cookie bark Samantha!! I could eat the whole tray myself!! :) Saw you featured on Bru Crew!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Renee! I may have eaten most of the whole tray myself…oops. ;) Thanks for hopping over…happy to have you stop by!

  14. Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to make this with my kids! They will love it! Make sure you stop by and link up on my Tasty Tuesday party! We’d love to have you share some delicious recipes!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Julia! I hope your kids enjoy making this bark, and I’ll be sure to check out your link party…I appreciate the invite! :)

  15. This looks delicious!!

  16. What an adorable idea Samantha, it looks delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Pinned to our party board. :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I appreciate your sweet comment and the pin. :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week…happy (almost) Friday!

  17. Hi Samantha! I featured your bark along with a link to this page on a recent St. Patrick’s Day post!
    I LOVE bark, especially around Christmas, but you gave me another excuse to make it ;)

    You are so clever and take beautiful photos!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Amanda, for the kind words and for the feature! And I’m with you on making bark…any holiday/excuse to do so is fine by me! ;) I appreciate you stopping by…have a great weekend!

  18. Looks so delicious! Beautiful pics. Just wanted to let you know that I featured one photo from this recipe on my blog. There are both text and photo links. Happy Sunday!

    http://muslinandmerlot.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-funday-features-5.html

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know, Heidi Kay! I really appreciate the feature, and I also appreciate how conscientious you are about sharing the work of others based on their policies. :) Hope your week is off to a great start!

  19. Yummy! I think I’m going to try to make this with my kids later today, they’d get a kick out of it.
    I just created a St Patrick’s Day board just to put great recipes and inspiration like this on it :) Thank you for linking up to our Lovely Ladies link party, I’ve included your leprechaun bait in a fabulous round-up on my blog if you’d like to check it out http://bit.ly/1oi8Vbh
    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Molly! I appreciate the pin to your special board, and I’m honored to be included in your fun round-up! Hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day… :)

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