Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Grasshopper Bars

 Years ago boozy cocktails with my girlfriends was a nightly event.  One of my favourite drinks was the grasshopper, which is cream, creme de cacao, and creme de menthe.  When browsing through Baked Explorations and I found the recipe for grasshopper bars, my inner party girl insisted that I make these.  And ooooh are they tasty.  A rich brownie base, with a glorious minty buttercream, topped with a chocolate glaze.

This recipe does take some time, so set several hours aside since you need to assemble each layer on it's own and each requires cooling time.  They're so worth it though.  The buttercream used is a new one for me, it basically calls for you to make your own condensed milk and add butter to that.  It's glorious. Glorious I tell you.

 Grasshopper Bars
Makes 24 brownies,  from Baked Explorations

For the Brownie Base:
3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Sharfenberger)
5 oz good quality dark chocolate (60-72%), coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325.

Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 9x13 inch pan.  Line the bottom with a sheet of parchment paper and butter the parchment.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.

Configure a large double boiler.  Place the chocolate and the butter in the bowl of the double boiler and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined.  Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add both sugars.  Whisk the sugars until completely combined.  Remove the bowl from the pan.  Wait until the mixture is at room temperature

Add three eggs to the chocolate/butter mixture and whisk until just combined.  Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter or your brownies will be cakey.

Sprinkle the flour/cocoa/salt mix over the chocolate.  Using a spatula (do NOT use a whisk) fold the dry ingredients into the wet until there is just a trace amount of the flour/cocoa mix visible.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with an offset spatula, and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, rotating halfway through the baking time. The brownies should be just a tad underdone (about 1 minute from being cooked completely).  A toothpick inserted in the brownies at an angle should yield a few loose crumbs.  (I like my brownies quite underdone so I removed them after about 10 minutes, but it's up to your preference). Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the pan while you make the creme de menthe filling.

For the Buttercream
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 1/2 stick butter, softened but still cool, cut into small cubes
3 tbsp creme de menthe
1 tsp peppermint extract

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together.  Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 5-7 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Beat on high until cool.  Reduce the speed to low and add the butter and mix until thoroughly incorporated. increase the speed to medium-high and beat until filling is light and fluffy.

Add the creme de menthe and peppermint extract and mix until combined. If the filling is too soft, chill slightly in the refrigerator and then mix again until it is the proper consistency.  If the filling is too firm, place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and re-mix to proper consistency.  Spread the filling evenly across the top of the brownie layer and place the pan in the refrigerator, for a minimum of 45 minutes while you make the chocolate glaze. 

For the Chocolate Glaze
6 oz good quality dark chocolate (60-72%) coarsely chopped
1 tsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes

In a large non-reactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.  Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth.  Remove the bowl from the pan and stir vigorously for 1 minute to release excess heat.

Pour the mixture over the chilled creme de menthe layer and use an offset spatula to spread it into an even layer.  Place the pan back in the refrigerator for 1 hour, until the glaze hardens.

Linked to Sweets for a Saturday #3
and Sweet Tooth Friday


  1. These were so delicious! I have to make them this weekend with my sister. I can't get over how good these bars are. Thanks for bringing me some.

  2. These look delicious!! When I think of a grasshopper, I think of my college days and getting the grasshopper milkshake after work.. fun times!

    (Something I like to do - thing mint brownies, I put a layer of thin mints in between layers of brownies and bake!! It is delicious!! and easy)

  3. Pup - that does sound delicious! I am a big fan of chocolate and mint

    Jamie- glad you liked them, and thanks for the pics!!

  4. I just may have to steal these. My honey is the only man under 60 I know that orders a grasshopper or toasted almond. Lol. These look sooo good! Love how you took it from drink to brownies. Will have to look at that book.

  5. Grasshoppers are my all-time FAVORITE drink!! This recipe sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Wow! These sound amazing! I can not wait to try them!

  7. Wow these look amazing! Love mint and chocolate together.

  8. YUM....found you through the link party over at Sweet As Sugar Cookies. I've already printed these puppies out and saved them... Thanks! I'm a follower now

  9. Mint and chocolate are two of my favorite things. Yum!

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on Sweet Tooth Fridays. I hope to see you there! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/03/chocolate-toffee/

  10. These look sinfully wonderful! Can't wait to make them!

  11. Those look delicious. I've been wanting to try them and now I think I have to. Found you on Sweet as Sugar Cookies.

  12. Yummy! We love anything mint:) I am having my first give away, come by to enter.

  13. Those look and sound AMAZING! I love mint and cant wait to try them!

  14. These look great! I'm making a grasshopper pie today!

  15. I am definitely going to make these, thanks for sharing!

  16. These look amazing! I love Chocolate Mint Bars! I make something similar but put green food coloring in my white mint layer!

    First time to your blog - loving it!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

  17. Ooh, these look divine! Who cares that they use almost an entire pound of butter? That's surely just a sign that they'll taste delicious. I'm stopping by from the Sweets for Saturday link party.

  18. Seen these at Sweets for a Saturday, they look gorgeous :)

  19. I just found you through Sweet as Sugar's blog and your picture caught my eye. These grasshopper bars sound amazing!!!


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