Thursday, March 15, 2012

Leprechaun Shortbread Cookie Bark~Cupcake Style

I couldn't let this St. Patrick's day pass me by without some sort of treat featuring some cute, little leprechauns.  So I was scrolling through my facebook home page yesterday when lo and behold, a tiny leprechaun face was beckoning me from the computer screen:) I clicked on the shared link and was instantly smitten when I arrived at My Cake School blog, home to many adorable and creative sweet treats!
Leprechaun candy melt transfers

Melissa featured some darling St. Patrick's Day themed candy melt transfers, which she used to top some cupcakes.  I was a happy camper to realize I already had the candy melt colors I needed to make the leprechauns:)  I thought the bright yellow daisy sprinkles would be the perfect touch to detail the hats.
(As you can see, I finally succumbed to temptation and bought the pretty ruffled cake stands from Costco)

I knew I wanted to make some bark to feature the little guys, so decided to use the muffin liners for individual  servings, each spotlighting a leprechaun.   I was happy with how they turned out!  

I only wish that my edible markers were more fine-lined for the face details.  Perhaps they don't work as well on candy melts, or  maybe I just need some new ones.  Any tips?
 (A view from the underside, all held together with the bark candy)

I had some Pepperidge Farms Chessman cookies to use and thought they'd be perfect to line each bark "cupcake". Technically they are not shortbread cookies, but are butter cookies.  I didn't realize this until I checked the package as I was writing this post. Oops! Whatever they are, they're delicious!

Bark is great because you can pretty much throw in all the leftover candy odds and ends(and other snacks) that you want to use up. Besides being CUTE, this bark is so tasty and super easy n' quick (aside from the few steps for the leprechauns)!

Leprechaun Cookie Bark
1 package (24 oz.) vanilla almond bark. I only used about 16 oz.
Pretzel sticks
Leftover candy~green m&m's, green sixlets, green chocolate chips
Sprinkles ( I used Wilton's shamrock mix)
Yellow flower sprinkles
Orange candy melts
Green candy melts
Cookies (about 18) I used Pepperidge Farms Chessman cookies
Muffin Liners
Decorating bags and tip
Wax paper, or parchment

Leprechaun Toppers:
(I'm sorry I don't have any photos.)
1. Place a piece of wax paper (12-18 inches) or parchment on the table.  
2. Using a small (1-inch) round cutter (or anything that will work) trace circles on the paper. Also draw (freehand) small hats. This will be your guide in making uniform transfers.
3. Cover the wax paper with another piece of wax paper.  
4. Melt about 1/3 of the bark(according to package directions) and place into an icing bag(I used a spoon), fitted with a #4 tip.  
5. Fill the circles (for the faces) with the melted white bark, following the guides you have drawn.
6. Do the same for the hats with some green candy melts.  Before the hats dry, place a yellow sprinkle on each for decoration.
7. When the white faces have dried, melt some orange candy melts (same procedure as the others) and  apply, freehand, around the face for the beard.  Let dry. They don't take long to dry.
8. Add facial details with edible markers.

Directions for the bark cupcakes:
1. Line your muffin pans with the cupcake liners (I only had one pan, so did it in shifts)
2. Place the cookies in the liners (some I broke up, and some I kept whole)
3. Break up a few pretzel sticks (I didn't measure) into each liner.
4. Place a few candies into each liner
5. Melt the white candy melts according to package directions and put it into an icing bag. Snip off the end of the icing bag. Squeeze some melted candy into each cupcake liner, working about 4 at a time(before they dry), covering the cookie at the bottom.  Sprinkle some more candy, sprinkles on top of the melted candy, leaving a little spot for the leprechaun topper. Place the leprechaun on top of each cupcake bark when the candy has cooled a bit(so the transfer won't melt).* Continue until you have done them all.
 *You may just want to add all of the leprechauns at the very end by putting a small amount of candy melt on the backside of each leprechaun with a toothpick and placing in on top of each individual bark.

Makes 18 bark cupcakes.

Have Fun!

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  1. What a fun fun fun treat Sue!! The leprachauns are so stinkin' cute, I love the yellow flower on their hats. Such a great detail. And yum on the bark, sounds like a delicious recipe!

  2. These are so cute. I love the leprachauns!

  3. These transfers are so much fun and look adorable on top of the cupcakes. Doing them in 3 different icing colours does require a few extra steps (plus the faces) but so worth the effort! Love this idea.

  4. Now these little leprechauns are adorable!

  5. Such cool treats. I love the leprechauns. I love the extras in the bark. What is not to love here?

  6. It's super cool how you made all those Leprechauns!!

  7. I love the idea of making the bark in the paper liners! What an awesome treat. And these little guys are so cute!

  8. These are so cute Sue. I thin you faces are adorable.

  9. I never thought of making shortbread into bark! That's so smart! Love those little smiling faces, too. :)

  10. cute sue!! my markers aren't very fine either--and some seem to work better than others on candy melt for me. happy almost st patty's day!

  11. my heart soared viewing this! I am in love and have a great plan for next year!! Thanks Sue this is so cute, so cute. I just think you are great!!!

  12. CUTE! What a lot of work! You wouldn't want anyone to eat them.

  13. You are an artist, you truly are! These look so pretty and fun!

  14. The leprechauns are adorable. What a fun idea to top bark with a decoration.

  15. so cute, I have a hard time with my markers on melts too some times if I don't let the candy melts really harden they are so hard to work on, and even then some times the pens hate me.

  16. I can always count on your for adorable treats Sue. Yes sometimes I have a little trouble on the candy melts with my markers. Usually when I have chilled them and there is condensation. I usually dip the end in some americolor black food gel color and write that way. Also love those cake stands:)

  17. What a clever idea and I've never seen cookie bark before. You're always bringing us something clever and fun! :)

  18. These look super cool and sound super yummy! I definitely have to include these in my St. Patrick's Day Sweets roundup on Monday!