Leprechaun Bait is a festive, green-and-white St. Patrick's Day dessert with two layers of chocolate, Oreo cookie chunks, mint chips, and mint M&Ms!
People. 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?
Ready 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 St. Patrick's Day desserts like Leprechaun Bait for my wide-eyed kiddos to set out in hopes of capturing a tiny green imp.
Of 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.
Leprechaun Bait Ingredients
Even if you're not into leprechauns at your house, I think you will enjoy this chocolate bark any time of the year. It's got not one, but two kinds of chocolate. It's got Oreos. It's got minty candies, like mint chips and mint M&Ms and Andes mint bits.
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.
Do 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 as a tasty St. Patrick's Day dessert!
- 12 ounces semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (such as Crisco), divided
- 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as regular or mint Oreos)
- 1 cup mint chips OR Andes mint bits
- 1 cup green M&Ms, regular or mint
- Green sprinkles
- Line a large jellyroll pan or cookie sheet with wax paper. Roughly chop sandwich cookies into quarters.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Refrigerate until chocolate is hard. Carefully break into large chunks and enjoy!