Makeover Mint Layer Brownies Recipe
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Makeover Mint Layer Brownies Recipe

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This slimmed-down recipe, with just half the fat and cholesterol of the original recipe, is still divinely decadent and makes a great meal finale! Marinda Smith - Queen Creek, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • MINT LAYER:
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie equals 218 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, then egg whites, beating well after each addition. Beat in the applesauce, chocolate and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled).
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; stir into butter mixture just until blended. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 22-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For mint layer, in a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, extract and food coloring if desired; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until firm.
  4. For icing, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Gently pour over the top. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Originally published as Makeover Mint Layer Brownies in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p21

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie equals 218 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Good healthy alternative. Not as rich tasting as non-healthy version."

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Scrumptious! I used 3/4 cup egg substitute in place of the eggs and egg whites, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. The whole family devoured these!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"These brownies were delicious! My husband and I were fighting over them and everyone at work loved them. The portion size is big too. Next time I'll try it without butter in the top chocolate layer and less in the mint layer."

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"We used a brownie mix for the brownie part and it tasted great and then added the mint and chocolate layer-it tasted great if you are in hurry."

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"made two batches for thanksgiving and none are left that said it all"

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