Chocolate Ganache Cookie Bars

Have you ever needed that go to dessert that you wanted to be better than your basic bar or cookies without being overkill? Do I have the bars for you. It happened by chance. A product of my drooling over multiple recipes, combined for a divine masterpiece.

So, let me also let you know, this happens to also be semi-homemade. Sandra Lee would be so proud.

Start with a few staples. Notice the Kerrygold made the cut. I held nothing back. I used the good stuff. Start by softening one stick of butter.

Combine one package of store bought chocolate chip cookie mix. I like Betty Crocker’s mixes personally, but I know all we have our favorites.

Add one egg and stir together completely. Dump the whole mixture into a 13″ x 9″ pan.

Spread out over the entire bottom of the pan.

Bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees or until light brown.

Cool completely. As it cools, begin on layer two.

Combine 2 tablespoons of vanilla instant pudding with 1/4 cup of melted butter. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of milk or half and half. I am pretty much obsessed with full fat dairy products.

Pour over cookie bars and spread evenly. Pop in the fridge to chill.

While your bars are chilling, it is time for the ganache. Start by heating 1/2 cup of half and half or heavy cream in a small sauce pan over a low heat.

Grab four ounces of your chocolate of choice. Use a semi-sweet or dark chocolate. You want some chocolate with a bite to it. If you use milk chocolate, your dessert might be too sickening sweet. I know, I know that is hard to believe.

Put the chocolate in the milk right as it begins to scald. Remove from heat and stir constantly to melt chocolate.

It will be nice and shiny when it is all melted together.

Grab the pan from the fridge and pour the chocolate ganache over top of the pudding and spread out over the entire bars.

Refrigerate the bars to harden up the chocolate.

There is debate at our house now regarding if the bars are better cold or at room temperature. Either way, make sure you have adult supervision the entire time you have these in your presence. Better yet, give them away.

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  1. Jent says

    Thanks Leah – I just got groceries last night now you are forcing me to go back to town today to get the stuff I need to make this!

  2. Meg K says

    Thanks Leah – I'm always looking for new stuff to make to take to work for our never-ending food days that I don't have to stay up all night making. I work with a lot of guys that have wives that stay home so you should see the stuff they bring in and try to pass off like they made it! :)

  3. Bernie says

    Irish butter? I have never heard of such a thing. Great pictures of the whole process.
    One more things to help make my hips expand! *lol*

  4. Gooseberry Patch says

    Whoa. That's all we have to say about this bar. Thanks for linking up and, if you haven't shared this recipe for cookbook consideration, please do…we'd love to publish it!

    Just in case you missed it, we're also hosting a Virtual Cookie Swap on our Page on Facebook and we'd love to have you share a photo of this bar on our Wall!

    Oh, and the cookies we're sharing can be found here:

    Enjoy…and thanks again! :)

  5. Debbie says

    I'm definitely making this week for a fellow worker at school for his birthday. Thanks so much for linking up to What's On the Menu Wednesday at Dining With Debbie. I hope you will visit often and link up whenever your can.

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