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Makeover Mint Layer Brownies

 Makeover Mint Layer Brownies
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
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

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 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

Directions

  • 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).
  • 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

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Makeover Mint Layer Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.