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Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars

 Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars
I always looked forward to my grandma's gooey bars when I was growing up. This chocolate version includes mint, which is one of my favorite flavor add-ins. —Jill Lutz, Baldwin, Wisconsin
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) Andes creme de menthe baking chips, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, butter,
  • extracts and 2 eggs until blended. Spread into a greased 13x9-in.
  • baking pan. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup chips.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until
  • smooth. Add remaining eggs; beat on low speed just until blended.
  • Pour over chocolate layer, spreading evenly; sprinkle with remaining
  • chips.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool in pan on a
  • wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 260 calories,

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Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.