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Mint Swirl Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

Makes

2 dozen

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.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 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

  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar. Add 1 egg 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.
  2. Stir peppermint extract and food coloring if desired into remaining batter. Spoon over chocolate layer; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve glaze consistency. Pour over brownies and spread evenly. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 119 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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