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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 119 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  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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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

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

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

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

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"What size pan? Preheat oven?"

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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