Mint Swirl Bars Recipe

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Mint Swirl Bars Recipe
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Mint Swirl Bars Recipe

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My folks love these cake-like bars, so I always make them for the holidays. The chocolaty mint squares look simply scrumptious and taste even better.
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint
  • 2 to 3 drops green or red food coloring, optional
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons boiling water

Directions

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Transfer half of the batter to another bowl; stir in nuts and chocolate. Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
Stir peppermint extract and food coloring if desired into remaining batter. Spoon over chocolate layer; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter. remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Pour over brownies and spread evenly. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Mint Swirl Bars in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p34

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 119 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint
  • 2 to 3 drops green or red food coloring, optional
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons boiling water
  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Transfer half of the batter to another bowl; stir in nuts and chocolate. Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  2. Stir peppermint extract and food coloring if desired into remaining batter. Spoon over chocolate layer; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter. remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Pour over brownies and spread evenly. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Mint Swirl Bars in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p34

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elaine johnson User ID: 1616051 123864
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"I made these for a family gathering. Everyone thought they were delicious. This one is a keeper!"

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cynthiaelliott User ID: 1867504 38446
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"We loved these squares. The mint flavour was great. I would make these again."

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Ahalf User ID: 2992549 43800
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"What size pan? Preheat oven?"

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razelle User ID: 2612406 66195
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"I made this squares for last Christmas. There did not seem to be enough batter. I am wondering if there is an error in the recipe. I would not make it again."

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