I think that I speak for a lot of New Orleanians when I say that right now, I am missing Mardi Gras! Even though this one in particular was exhausting – walking with the kids in parades, volunteering at work, dancing, doing grad school assignments between parties – I want more! Perhaps the only redeeming thing about the end of Mardi Gras season is that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. This holiday brings more parades, more fun, and more green glitter to the spring season! In the kitchen, mint is one of my favorite flavors, so I LOVE being able to unashamedly add green, minty candies to my holiday baking in March. These cookie bars first made an appearance during my college days. They were so well-received that I decided to revisit – and tweak – the recipe for the blog!
This recipe is SO EASY, you’ll be modifying it to make year round. It’s the delight and comfort of a chocolate chip cookie without having to form dozens of cookie balls and bake in batches. One pan, in, bake, and done! I repeat: SO EASY!! These are great go-to cookies to treat everyone from your kid’s classmates to coworkers. Everyone loves a cookie!
So, without further ado, I introduce to you:
How to Lure a Leprechaun: Cookie Edition
Prep step! Measure out your ingredients, and let your butter and eggs come up to room temperature. In a mixing bowl, mix the salt and baking soda into the flour with a fork.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. Add a Tablespoon or two of sugar to the pan and shake it around to cover the butter so that your cookies don’t stick.
Pro Tip = when baking, use sugar instead of flour to coat your pans! No one likes getting that chalky lump of flour that stuck to the bottom, so solve the problem with sugar. It also makes the outside of your treat a little crunchy, upping the “wow” factor for your tastebuds!
Sneak a few mint M&Ms (and maybe an Oreo) to munch on =]
In your mixing bowl, beat the butter on high speed for 3-5 minutes, until it is light in color. Add both sugars to the bowl, and beat again on high for another 3 – 5 minutes until the mixtures is light and fluffy. One at a time, add the eggs to the bowl and beat on medium speed until they are incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
In small batches (I do about three), incorporate the flour into the mix on low speed. Dough is ready for the mash-up!
Chop up the Oreos. The size of the chunk really depends on your personal preference. I like big pieces of cookie in my cookies, so I give it a very rough chop. Add the Oreos, chocolate chips, and 2/3 of the Mint M&Ms to the dough, and fold in with a spatula.
Spread the dough out evenly into your pan. Press the remainder of the M&Ms into the top of the dough. Bake at 350°F for 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the giant cookie cool, then slice up and dig in!