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Men Love This One Too! Minty Chocolate Bars
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 22:26
Another cookie that men love to eat! At for least the men in my life - these have been a favorite for years. There is just something irresistible about mint and chocolate together.
Mint Chocolate Bars is a very easy cookie treat to make. It takes a bit of time for each layer to cool between steps, but nothing hard here! Make up a batch and watch them disappear!
MINTY CHOCOLATE BARS
Make the brownie/cookie layer
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup almonds (or walnuts or hazelnuts or pecans!)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
To make the cookie/brownie layer:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a 9"x9" baking pan with foil. Coat the foil with Pam.
3. Melt chocolate and butter together over hot water. (Use a double boiler or a sauce pan and a rimmed bowl that will rest on the lip.) Stir to make sure the chocolate pieces are completely melted.
4. Let the chocolate and butter mixture cool to room temperature.
5. Beat the eggs and sugar together until they are thick and light colored. This recipe has no leavening to make it rise, so the air incorporated into the batter at this step is very important. Beating the mixture for 4 to 5 minutes is a good rule of thumb.
6. Add the nuts, flour and cooled chocolate mixture and stir just until smooth.
7. Pour the batter into your prepared pan. Bake for approximately 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Important Note: Take care not to over bake the brownie cookie layer. Check it at 20 minutes and from that point on, keep a close eye on it.
Minty Cream Layer
1 1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
3 Tablespoons softened (but NOT melted) butter
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract (use more of less depending on your family's preferences)
few drops of green food coloring
2. Add green food color, a few drops at a time until you like the shade of green!
3. Spread the minty cream filling over the brownie/cookie layer.
Note: occasionally a crumb or two of the chocolate layer will get stuck in the cream layer, but don't worry. The next layer will hide that!
4. Cool for an hour in the fridge before moving to the final step.
Making the Chocolate Glaze layer
2 oz. chocolate. I use semi-sweet, but sweet (German) or milk chocolate will work too.
2 Tablespoons soft butter (NOT melted)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the Chocolate Glaze Layer
1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Cut butter into small pieces.
2. Place the chocolate and butter into a small bowl and melt over hot (not boiling) water.
3. Stir to be sure all pieces of chocolate are melted and then add the vanilla and mix in completely.
4. While the chocolate mixture is still warm, drizzle over the minty cream layer. No need for perfection here! There will be some areas thicker than others. And of course, you will want the pretty green to show through here and there.
5. Cover the pan. Chill until the chocolate glaze is firm.
6. Lift the foil (and bar) out of the pan together. Carefully remove the foil from the bar. Place the cookie/brownie bar on a cutting board and cut into squares.I usually cut into 36 squares.
Note: IF there are any cookies left after serving, store them in an air tight container in the fridge. This recipe also will freeze well. I don't recommend stacking the bars during storage.
If you can, make these a day ahead so the flavors will meld. The flavor just gets better!
This recipe has been added to my 2011 Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!
Won't you share one or two of your favorite holiday recipes? It's so easy! Just use the link tool at the bottom of the swap post to link to a cookie recipe published on your own blog.