Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars

 Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars
As most of you know, I have two boys. At the ages of eleven and one that's moments away from turning thirteen, it's getting harder and harder to impress them. Or maybe it's better to say, it's getting harder and harder to do things together they think are cool.

Take for instance baking, when they were little pulling out the sprinkles got them excited about spending time in the kitchen. Now, it's getting challenging to keep their attention when it comes to helping. So I asked them to hang out and help me make these chocolate chip bars. Big yawn. Then I told them, how about we make chocolate chip bars with chocolate hearts that bleed red blood right on top? Magically, I had their attention. Boys. Of course they would think a bleeding heart is the perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars candy
These little hearts are Junior Mints made especially for Valentine's Day. Their insides are either red or white. The colors are mixed in a package so you do not get all reds in one box. I explained to the boys I could only get maybe half of them to bleed. The white ones also bleed, you just can't see them when they do.

They didn't care, they got the bloody Valentine's they wanted...a treat they could be proud of and feel manly about. No girly sprinkles for them. But here's the best part...these bars taste really good!! I used a mix of semi-sweet and white chocolate chips, as well as walnuts. They have that really good cookie taste and are nice and sturdy without being dry.  

Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars milk
You can imagine how well these go with a glass of milk.

Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars squares
Check your stores Valentine's candy aisle for these special shaped mints.

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Bleeding Heart Chocolate Chip Bars

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: Makes about 42 bars


  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking sheet
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/12 cups cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 (1.6 ounce) boxes heart shaped Junior Mints


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You'll want the rack to be in the center of the oven. Prepare a 12 x 17 rimmed baking sheet by buttering it very well.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add flour mixture on low speed just until combined. Slowly beat in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Spread dough onto the baking sheet. Cook for 35 minutes and remove from oven to push in Junior Mints. Place them in uniform order according to how you want to cut your bars. Put back in the oven for five minutes or just until the red starts to bleed out.

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7 Comments and 4 Replies

  1. Edith M 1

    Oh that’s hilarious, my boys are the same way. What is it about boys that makes them ove the blood and guts of things. So much different than raising a little a girl.

    I have been needing a new cookie bar recipe!

  2. Gail 3

    LOVE these! Good luck as you enter this phase of your boys’ lives. Fun times! They are lucky to have you as such an amazing mom.

  3. Pamela in Georgia 5

    Oh yes, the little boys mind is a great one..hard fo us Mom’s figure out, but once we do, it’s all good. Looks like you are well on your way!

  4. How adorable! And so boy-appropriate! :)

  5. Jacey 8

    I love these, so super cute!

  6. Ashley 9

    What a fun idea! They sound delicious too!

  7. Jones 10

    there are no eggs in the ingredients, but there are in the recipes. what?


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