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Mint Swirl Bars

 Mint Swirl Bars
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 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

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Mint Swirl Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.