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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 1 package (10 ounces) Andes creme de menthe baking chips, divided
  • 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 baking 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 baking chips.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 260 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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