Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

These bars have got to be one of the best things I’ve made in a while.  It’s so hard to say that, because I truly love every recipe I put on here(if I don’t love it you won’t see it!), but I REALLY love Chocolate and Mint together. These bars have that amazing cookie texture, crisp top and bottom and soft gooey center.  After loading them up with some Andes Mint baking chips you’ve got the makings of a simply irresistible dessert! On a side note:  While working on this photo shoot I had my 3 “little helpers”  playing close by.  I guess I got so into it I didn’t even notice “little helper” number 3 sneak up next to me until I saw her adorable chubby little hand come into my field of vision.  I was already in the motion of snapping a shot when it appeared and this is what I ended up with:

The cutest Baby Photo Bomb ever!  Maybe she thought if she tried sneaking one up top she wouldn’t get caught, but she did!  And I even have a photo to prove it. 🙂
These bars remind me of one of my favorite cookies ever,  Andes Mint Cookies.
Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 and 3/4 Cups Flour
1 and 1/2 Cups Andes Mint Baking Chips
Cream the butter, shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the salt, soda and cocoa.  Mix well.  Add the flour and mix just until combined.  Stir in 1 and1/4 cups of the mint chips.  Spread the dough evenly into a greased 9×13 inch pan.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of mint chips evenly over the dough.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the center is set.  Cool and Enjoy!

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