March 14, 2014

Grasshopper Cheesecake Squares

The classic combination of creme de cacao and creme de menthe with cream {a.k.a. ~ a Grasshopper} is turned into a beautifully layered treat in these delectably delicious Grasshopper Cheesecake Squares.

I recently discovered grasshoppers.  You know, the minty-chocolatey drink kind of grasshoppers ... not the little green bugs that hop around your yard.  I've known about the yard-hoppy kind of grasshoppers for quite some time.  Like, since I was a kid.  And loved chasing them around the grass trying to catch them.

I wish I'd known about the drink kind of grasshoppers much sooner.
'Cause I like the drink kind of grasshoppers waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better!

Why had I not discovered the delicious combination of creme de menthe and creme de cacao before?  Why did it take a friend of mine saying "Oh, I made the most fabulous grasshopper cheesecake this past weekend," for me to clue in to how yummy these two liquors are together??

Goodness only knows!

But I'm so glad I have been enlightened.

When my response to my friend was, "You made what  kind of cheesecake?" ... {envisioning some sort of chocolate-covered yard-hoppy icky-ness} ... my eyes were opened to the spirited beverage concoction know as the Grasshopper.

Naturally, not only did I need to try this drink, I needed to try my friend's cheesecake, too.

Except I decided to turn her grasshopper cheesecake into these extra-gorgeous, beautifully-layered Grasshopper Cheesecake Squares.


Just because I could.  And because I thought squares would be easier to serve and eat at a party.  See, I made these for a green-themed St. Patrick's Day get-together {and they were a hit, by the way}.  

Isn't it pretty how the two-toned cheesecake layers look together?  Especially the way they're contrasted with the dark brown chocolate cookie crumb crust ...



... and chocolate drizzle topping.


So if you're a fan of the Grasshopper ... the minty-chocolatey spirited beverage kind, not the hoppy-in-the-yard kind ... then give these Grasshopper Cheesecake Squares a whirl.  They're an amazing way to enjoy the flavors of the classic cocktail in a beautiful sweet treat!

Or, hey, ... go ahead and enjoy these squares with  a classic Grasshopper cocktail.  I won't judge.  Promise.

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Grasshopper Cheesecake Squares
Source:  Adapted from a friend's Grasshopper Cheesecake recipe


Ingredients
  • 1   1/2 c. chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1  1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 T. white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. green creme de menthe
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate squares (baking chocolate)
Directions
  1. Combine chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter, mixing well. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 9" baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in creme de cacoa.
  3. Scoop out 2 and a 1/2 cups of the cheesecake batter and pour it over the cookie crumb crust, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  4. Stir creme de menthe into remaining cheesecake batter. Using a spoon or small measuring cup to work with small amounts of batter at a time, gently pour the green cheesecake batter on top of the white cheesecake batter in the baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 55 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then chill over night.
  6. Cut cheesecake into small bars. Place semi-sweet chocolate in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Submerge in hot water until the chocolate melts, kneading until smooth (or, microwave in 20 second intervals until melted, kneading after each interval). Snip a very tiny hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Store covered in the refrigerator. {I've found that cutting the bars prior to putting on the chocolate drizzle helps keep the drizzle intact and pretty!}
Enjoy!

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4 comments:

  1. Pinning these... they look amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marye! We REALLY enjoyed them. Hope you do, too!

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  2. These are beautiful and look absolutely delicious! I've never cooked with creme de menthe before. Sounds like fun to try out. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh... these look and sound fabulous! Found you through Saturday Night Fever link party. Hope you'll come over to ItsYummi.com and see what I brought to the party! :)

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