Mint chocolate gooey Leprechaun Bait Bars are an easy, festive dessert sure to attract wee folk of all kinds! A perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day though you’ll want them far more often! Gluten-free and regular instructions.
I LOVE St. Patrick’s Day but found myself feeling caught off guard and a bit behind when new crafts and recipes began showing up on the internet before Valentine’s Day. I thought the months-in-advance promotion of decor and internet content was reserved solely for Christmas and Halloween.
Often my mercurial holiday muse doesn’t appear on command. It can be anything from a change in the wind velocity or a scent in the air that causes a recipe idea to spring forth for me; go figure.
I try to be sure to share a well-rounded selection of recipes with you, covering easy delicious dinners, desserts, healthy options, breakfast choices and cocktails. The time is feeling apropos for both something gooey and sweet, as well as to start thinking about St. Patrick’s Day!
Naughty Leprechauns Shenanigans
I don’t know your personal feelings about leprechauns. I was enchanted with them as a child and have loved their depictions in movies over the years. I will say we have one that visits our house every St. Patrick’s Eve and turns the house on its ear!
We arrive downstairs in the morning to find chairs stacked to the ceiling a la Poltergeist circa 1982. Often shamrock stickers adorn everything from fruit to door handles. I finally had to write a note requesting they discontinue tainting the toilet water green as it was causing an annual trip to Home Depot on March 18 to replace all the seat covers that bore a permanent reminder of the shenanigans in brilliant, permanent shade of emerald.
Now just the milk is turned green.
Leprechaun Bait Bars – Gooey Mint Chocolate Goodness!
So my friends, it is with this background that I will share a recipe for Leprechaun Bait Bars. A chocolate cookie crust is covered with gooey chocolate chips, mint chocolate M & M’s, mini marshmallows and Andes mint rectangles. Of course we know they love gold so some yellow Mega M & M’s are thrown in for good measure.
I’ll let you decide is you dare bait a leprechaun. You have been warned! Though I’ll add the bars also attract husbands, wives, children, co-workers, boyfriends, girlfriends and mail men too.
Gluten-Free or Gluten Leprechaun Bait Bars
Instructions for making Leprechaun Bait Bars with gluten-fre or gluten chocolate cookies are included in the recipe. Gluten-free baked goods are less absorbant so the main difference when swapping is changing the ratio of cookie crumbs to melted butter!
Homemade Cookie Crumb TIP: I always make my own cookie crumbs for desserts. It’s easy with a mini chopper. Throw in your favorite cookies, pulse and you have instant cookie crumbs!
More St. Patrick’s Day Desserts You’ll Love:
- Leprechaun Tracks Ice Cream
- Irish Chocolate Mousse with Baileys
- Irish Whiskey and Baileys Cheesecake
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