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Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon 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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.