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Peppermint Chocolate Bars

I received this treasured recipe from a dear friend years ago. The frosting and topping make these thin brownies eye-catching.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter, sugar and extract until light and fluffy. Add enough cream until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cooled bars. Melt chocolate and butter; drizzle over frosting. Cut into bars.
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