Sunday, November 21, 2010

Creme de Menthe Squares

Merry Christmas to Joycee at Granny Mountain. 
She is the winner of the Macy's Department Store's
$100 gift certificate.  Thank you to everyone who
participted.  It was fun to have so many enter and
leave such fun comments.  We had to sit and watch
Miracle on 34th Street as a family too!

It's time to light the fire and enjoy some holiday treats
in front of it while listening to holiday music.

We've been having snow this weekend and although
I hate driving in it, it is fun especially at the first of the
season.  It always puts me in the Christmas mood.

We made another of our favorite Christmas cookies.
These were also in the little magazine that the gas
company sent out one Christmas years ago.

The beauty of these is that you don't have to bake anything.
They are so easy to whip up and look elegant and special
on a tray of cookies.

Creme de Menthe Squares Recipe
Blend together in a medium bowl:

2 C. crushed graham crackers
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Press into the bottom of an 8x8 inch pan.  Use the back
of a measuring cup to press down flat.

Combine in mixing bowl and beat until creamy:

1/2 C. melted butter
3 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. Torani's creme de menthe or peppermint
syrup (this is found by the coffee section)
green food coloring (use if you use the peppermint
syrup as it is not as green)

Spread the mint mixture over the crumb crust.  Chill one

Melt together in the microwave stirring every
30 seconds whether it looks like it needs to be
stirred or not:

1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 C. melted butter

Spread on top of the mint layer.  Chill one hour
until firm.  Remove from fridge and let soften about
20 minutes.  Using a sharp knife, run it under hot
water, then wipe with a paper towel and start to
cut the bars.  Wipe the knife inbetween each cut
and run under hot water again each time, wiping
between so that you get clean cuts.  I cut mine
into 25 squares. 

Store in the fridge.

I also was lucky enough to win!  We were joking that the
only thing I have ever won is 2 little whisks at a Tupperware
party when we were first married.  Well, I was lucky enough
to win the Liz Lemon Swindle print of Mary and Baby Jesus,
"Be It Unto Me." 

The eyes make this so beautiful, both Mary's and Baby Jesus'
eyes are so arresting.  Of course, she is dressed in purple so
it will fit in my home beautifully.  I am also invited to go and
meet the artist and have her sign the print!  Merry Christmas
to me.  Thank you Liz for such a lovely giveaway.

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  1. Omigosh, these look wonderfully delicious! Hope I get a chance to try my hand at the recipe sometime soon. Thanks!

  2. These really look yummy plus they appear to be another relatively easy recipe! And who doesn't like the combo of chocolate and mint? Congratulations on your prize ~ it's a gorgeous picture.

  3. yum yum yum! looks tasty and perfect for this time of year...

    have a great monday


  4. These sound great and look beautiful Jacqueline! Congrats on winning the print:@)

  5. Woooo-ow! these look absolutely amazingly delicious! And gorgeous, too!

  6. I came over to see what you were up to this morning and I see I have WON the Macy's gift certificate!!!! Whoopee, I cannot thank you excited! Congrats on your big win too, that print is fabulous and the opportunity to meet the artist will be a once in a lifetime thrill! WE are very lucky, let the holidays begin...

  7. These look SO good. We are making "mint squares" on Friday with my sister~in~love {it's her fave this time of year}. It's a similar but slightly different recipe. I'm anxious to try this version over Christmas too.

  8. Congratulations on your gift:) So pretty.. and Joycee..

    Love the squares..they seem to cut perfectly too!

    They remind me of nanaimo bars..but minty.

  9. Congratulations to your winner!

    How beautiful and delicious these bars look, Jacqueline! I love those gas company cookie books. I wish I would have kept up with collecting them.

  10. is it wrong to need those for breakfast?

  11. I forgot to say congratulations to you too for winning the beautiful painting!

  12. Going to make those treats. Yummy. I have that print in my home. One of my favorites!! Merry Christmas to you!!!

  13. Jacqueline!

    Congrats on winning the "Mary's and Baby Jesus" picture... it's so beautiful. I am not big on mint w/ chocolate (call me but my husband loves it. I think if I make that he'll be sweet to me for the whole month... lol



    Luciane at

  14. Wow where did you find the reciepe. You are amazing, I love to look at your pictures and you are a great writter. Wow is there anything you can not do.

    Love Captkirk

  15. Wow where did you find the reciepe. You are amazing, I love to look at your pictures and you are a great writter. Wow is there anything you can not do.

    Love Captkirk

  16. Wow where did you find the reciepe. You are amazing, I love to look at your pictures and you are a great writter. Wow is there anything you can not do.

    Love Captkirk

  17. I love no-bake treats. These look like they take so much work, but they sound pretty easy. I love things like that!

  18. Congratulation to Joycee on the Macey's gift card and to you on your beautiful artwork. Do you suppose if I come with you, they might have an extra sitting around!!:) These cookies look so smooth and sleek and refreshing. Joni

  19. Congrats to you for winning something too! Wow, your blog is just delicious. I am looking forward to having a few days off and making some of your treasures with my kids.

    Thank you, once again!

  20. I just love this blog and I'm so addicted! I have the Neopolitan Squares that I'm going to try out this week and now the Creme de Menthe squares look amazing! I love your blog, you sister's and your nieces blog. Thanks so much!

  21. These look fabulous; the problem is I would eat them all and not share with my children; oh well! I can be selfish sometimes too. :)

  22. Oh, chocolate and mint ~ the perfect combination in my mind! I'll definitely be making these. Thank you for the recipe. ~ Sarah

  23. Oh. My. Goodness. Mint and chocolate are my favorite combo. This is a must try for me! Thanks!

  24. Oh good golly! These sound delicious! We will definitely be making them soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

  25. The creme de Menthe squares look fabulous! Chocolate and mint go so well together.
    I won the Liz Lemon Swindle print also! I was so excited when I received the email! Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to the reception:( Now, I'm even more disappointed because I could have met you. Arrrrghhh! Have fun and tell Liz "Hello" for me:)

  26. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I was on hiatus for a while, I had a very dear friend pass away suddenly on November 5th and it just rocked my world to say the least.
    I have missed blogging as it was such a normal part of my every day...
    PS OK are you for hire to make these lucious treats?? :)
    Just lovely!

  27. Hello Jacqueline,
    thank you so much for joining my party with this wonderful Creme de Methe Squares recipe. That sounds really interesting and yummy. I will try them. Congratulation to Joyceewin of the Macey's gift card. You are also blessed with the wonderful print and the possibilit to meet the artist. May this print bless your home.
    Wish you a wonderful time.
    Greetings, Johanna

  28. I love the colour purple, it has always been one of my favourites! The print you won is absolutely stunning - so beautiful! I have bookmarked your recipe as well as my family and I just love chocolate mint and not only do the squares look wonderful they sound just scrumptious.

  29. OMG!! Those look just heavenly. Mint and chocolate.. perfect!

  30. These are BEAUTIFUL! And they sound so easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  31. Wow! These are amazing. I saw these last week out there and printed off the recipe to make them. I can't wait!!!

  32. Love chocolate/mint combination. These look sooo good!

  33. Oh my GOSH this looks AMAZING! I am totally making these this year! I love chocolate + mint so it's a no-brainer.

    Visiting from Foodie Friday :-)

  34. Watching Miracle on 34th Street + eating Andes Candies = signs of Christmastime for me. These look like they could very easily slip into that Andes Candies slot for incredible homemade goodness.

  35. what a minty, fresh idea. i love it!

  36. Wow, those squares look awesome!

  37. These look, absolutely, delicious! Thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!


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