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Heavenly Mint Brownie Dessert

 Heavenly Mint Brownie Dessert
This dessert has a brownie base with a melt-in-your-mouth mint layer of chopped Andes candies. It's topped with a smooth, rich chocolate ganache to make it truly incredible.—Rebekah Radewahn, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 12 mint Andes candies, chopped
  • FILLING:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 12 mint Andes candies, chopped
  • GANACHE:
  • 9 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt unsweetened chocolate
  • and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar and salt. Stir in chocolate
  • mixture. Gradually add flour, mixing well. Fold in mint candies.

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Heavenly Mint Brownie Dessert (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Spread into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or
  • until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
  • completely on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until
  • blended. In a microwave, melt baking chips and shortening; stir
  • until smooth. Cool slightly. Beat into cream cheese mixture. Add
  • extract and, if desired, food coloring. Fold in mint candies. Spread
  • over brownie layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan,
  • bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk
  • until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • Spread ganache over filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set.
  • Remove rim from pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 669 calories, 49 g fat (30 g saturated fat), 122 mg cholesterol, 221 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.