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Makeover Mint Layer Brownies

This slimmed-down recipe, with just half the fat and cholesterol of the original recipe, is still divinely decadent and makes a great meal finale! Marinda Smith - Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring, optional
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, then egg whites, beating well after each addition. Beat in the applesauce, chocolate and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled).
  • Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; stir into butter mixture just until blended. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 22-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For mint layer, in a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, extract and food coloring if desired; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate until firm.
  • For icing, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Gently pour over the top. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 218 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Brenda2772
    Apr 15, 2012

    Good healthy alternative. Not as rich tasting as non-healthy version.

  • cherstad
    Sep 5, 2011

    Scrumptious! I used 3/4 cup egg substitute in place of the eggs and egg whites, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. The whole family devoured these!

  • kristinunger
    Mar 23, 2010

    These brownies were delicious! My husband and I were fighting over them and everyone at work loved them. The portion size is big too. Next time I'll try it without butter in the top chocolate layer and less in the mint layer.

  • JennyMelynntoh
    Jan 17, 2010

    We used a brownie mix for the brownie part and it tasted great and then added the mint and chocolate layer-it tasted great if you are in hurry.

  • deadeye
    Nov 28, 2009

    made two batches for thanksgiving and none are left that said it all