Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares are outrageous! You’ve heard of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake before haven’t you? It’s an incredibly decadent bar with a cream cheese filling that sort of melts in your mouth. I have many versions of this recipe including the original, a Blueberry one, a chocolate chip one, an M&M one, a peaches ‘n cream one and a Red Velvet one. Each version is amazing. Well now I’ve found a peppermint version of this fantastic recipe.
I was looking for a way to use up the last couple of bags of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips I stockpiled last November (the only time of the year I can find them around the Metroplex) so I can clear out my pantry from all my excess Christmas baking supplies. I came across this recipe from Andes that I thought would be worth a try. I think it turned out marvelously. I sprinkled it with a little powdered sugar on top adding a really elegant appearance.
If you see Peppermint Crunch baking chips in your store and want to try them out I highly recommend this recipe and some of my other recipes where I’ve included them. They are a great alternative to making everything with chocolate chips, and if you like peppermint at all you will love baking with either these or the creme de menthe ones.
If you’re looking for a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, this one will sure do it! This recipe is great for holiday baking, too. These can be made for Easter (as my pictures show,) but they are festive enough for Valentine’s Day or Christmas baking as well.
When I initially posted this recipe in March 2013, it was right before I began using my Canon camera, so I was still using an iPhone. The pictures were deplorable! So unclear, not crisp and sharp like I would have liked. I recently remade this recipe (December 2016) for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year. I retook the pictures and like them a good bit better!
The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips! My husband finally located them at a Cost Plus World Market. He purchased his on a business trip to Atlanta, but we actually have one of these markets in Dallas.
I’ve looked at every other grocery store in the Metroplex since October for these baking chips and couldn’t find them. I even tried Amazon and other online places but they were SOOOOOO expensive. I paid about $2.99 per bag, whereas some places were charging about $7.00 per bag!! Yikes.
When I find these baking chips I usually stock pile and make several different kinds of things with them. They’re guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser whatever I make with them. I think you’ll love this fantastic cheesecake dessert with an explosion of peppermint!
Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares are a delicious treat especially for holiday baking.
Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares are great for Easter, too. You can find the chips online at Amazon if you are unable to locate them in your nearby grocery store.
While these gooey bars are quite festive, you can make them anytime. They’re not difficult. (As I stated above, the hardest part is locating the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips).
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Place cake mix, eggs and melted butter in a large mixing bowl.
Stir mixture together with a wooden spoon.
Add part of the peppermint crunch baking chips and the pecans.
Stir again to combine.
Pat mixture into a greased or sprayed 9×13″ baking pan.
To make the ooey gooey cream cheese layer: soften cream cheese. Add eggs and vanilla.
Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add powdered sugar.
Mix ingredients again with an electric mixer.
Add remaining peppermint crunch baking chips.
Stir to combine.
Smooth the cream cheese layer over top of the crust layer.
Bake at 350 about 40-50 minutes until set.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into 24 bars to serve. Sumptuous!
Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares are gooey and delicious!
The Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips add so much to the texture and flavor of this great cookie.
This dessert is so festive for the holidays.
Here’s the recipe.
PEPPERMINT CRUNCH GOOEY SQUARES
(Recipe adapted from Andes Mints)
- [b]CAKE BASE:[/b][br]
- 1 yellow cake mix
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup pecans, chopped[br]
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. peppermint extract
- 10-oz. pkg. [url href=”http://www.tootsie.com/products.php?pid=101″ target=”_blank” title=”andes baking chips”]Andes [/url]Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, divided
- powdered sugar for garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 350°.[br]
- Combine the cake mix, melted butter and eggs in a mixing bowl and blend completely.
- Fold in pecans.
- Batter will be stiff.
- Spread batter into lightly greased and floured 9” x 13” baking pan.[br]
- Beat cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, mint extract and powdered sugar until smooth.
- Fold in 1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.
- Spread mixture evenly over cake base covering completely.
- Spread remaining 1 cup of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking chips over top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
- Place on a wire rack and cool.
- Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.
- Cut into squares to serve.
The wonderful fragrance of peppermint filled my kitchen as these scrumptious bars were baking.
If you like the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake bars and you enjoy peppermint you will love Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares.
Every bite of Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares is mouthwatering and delightful!
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