Emmie makes Creme de Menthe Bars

I was pleased to hear the front door Sunday and see Emily's smiling face as she said,  "Hi Grandma."
She came to help with Sunday diner to be enjoyed this evening.  I had these bars in mind for last weekend but had not gotten to them so I turned her loose and they were a great success.  I think they will be wonderful for the Holiday's but wanted to try them now to be sure.  You will need:

1/2 C. butter
1/2 C.  baking cocoa
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 beaten egg
1 t. vanilla
2 C. Oreo cookie crumbs
1/2 C. soft butter
1/4 C. creme de menthe
3 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. butter
1 1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips

Heat 1/2 C. butter and the cocoa in a heavy bottomed saucepan stirring until the butter is melted  and  smooth.   Remove from the heat and add 1/2 C. powdered sugar, the egg and the vanilla.  Stir in the cookie crumbs.  Press the mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased 9" x 13" pan and set aside.

Combine 1/2 C. butter and the creme de menthe in a mixing bowl.  Add a drop or two of green food color if desired.   Beat in 3 C. of powdered sugar.   Spread over cookie crust and chill, covered for at least an hour.

Melt  1/4 C. butter and the chocolate in a saucepan over very low heat or in the microwave in an appropriate bowl.  Quickly spread over the top of the bars.  Chill covered until set.  Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before cutting.  Yield 2 dozen bars.  This recipe is adapted from,  "Once Upon a Time,  Recipes and Recollections From a River City"  by the Junior League of Evansville, Indiana.

Note:  If you have a narrow offset spatula it will be much faster and easier to use when spreading the layers for this treat!!

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