These bars are rich, dense, gooey, minty, and chocolate-y all at once and are incredibly easy as well. I was all excited to make my first ever gooey bars when I realized it is just another name for chess square (in our family at least … don’t quote me on this one!) But these are 10x better than our plain chess square recipe. This one has Oreos and mint chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. So, it’s obviously better. Even Nathan liked them and he doesn’t like mint. That’s how incredible these are! (or just full of butter and sugar and all that … take your pick.)
We used them as the dessert in our tea party! Last weekend, I wanted to do something special with Elizabeth and Abigail and we decided to do a tea party. Abigail was so excited and wanted to wear my polka dot apron since her princess dress wasn’t long enough to wear without leggings. (? I don’t know the logic there!) This is also the little girl who builds forts out of old firewood with her brothers in 20 degree weather, so she is the best of both worlds. After the Turkey Trot, we set up our table, got their special tea cups and commenced the party!
We had hot chocolate, but we poured the hot water into their cups and then stirred the hot chocolate into the cup … much more formal. 😉 We used our grown up voices and manners while eating our mint bars and sipping our hot chocolate. And then, of course, John Caleb wanted to join the party, so he got his plastic cup since we didn’t trust him with china. Then, Stephen noticed us and, diplomat and politician he is, popped a bag of popcorn before leisurely walking through the kitchen, munching for all the world to see. He was readily welcomed and we took full advantage of his popcorn (see bottom left photo!) Oh, and Abigail and John Caleb wanted to toast … even though they have no idea what it means. Fun memories!
As I realize my time gets shorter at home, I want to make good memories with my siblings. I want them to remember me for taking the time to be with them and have fun and be goofy (ahem, dance party in the basement last night? Nathan didn’t even have words.) I also get to go back in time, so to speak, to when I was little and had tea parties with fictional characters in my room. There is an innocence in being young and seeing them reminds how fortunate we are to be in a country where that can happen. I miss being young, yet I am grateful for what I had then and for what I have now. The privileges, the friendships, the things I have now, I couldn’t have had when I was six. Yet I complain about all the things I don’t have. Why is that? I’m thankful for little sisters who remind me about the different blessings each age has.
Even if I couldn’t have had other things, I could and would’ve had these when I was six. I have always liked mint … I’ve had more grown up taste buds I guess? I’ve also always liked coconut and seafood and avocado, too. But, I’ve only liked peanut butter for the last couple years, so there is an area my taste buds fell waaaay short. But I have always liked mint and these, these are good.
Mint n’ Oreo Chocolate Chip Chess Squares
Recipe Source: Adapted from Crazy for Crust
Yield: 12 servings
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cup Andes mint chips
1/2 cup Oreo chunks
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk