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Peppermint-Chocolate Brownies

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Peppermint-Chocolate Brownies
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 48
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The ideal bake-and-take brownies, these feature a sweet creamy layer sandwiched between minty chocolate brownie stratas. Simply divine!

Ingredients

4
oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1
cup butter or margarine
2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2 1/2
cups sugar
5
eggs
1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups crème de menthe baking chips (from two 10-oz bags)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray (do not use dark pan). In 3-quart saucepan, heat baking chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar and 1 of the eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Set aside.
  • 3 Into chocolate mixture, stir remaining 2 cups sugar, remaining 4 eggs and the peppermint extract. Stir in flour and salt until well mixed. Spread half of chocolate batter in pan. Drop cream cheese filling by teaspoonfuls over batter. Carefully spoon and spread remaining batter over filling.
  • 4 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle evenly with baking chips. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. For brownies, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store in refrigerator.
Tips  

Small round chocolate-covered creamy mints from a box can be used instead of the crème de menthe baking chips.

Brownies can be placed in foil baking cups if desired for a pretty gift presentation.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Brownie
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
100
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
(
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
45mg
14%
Sodium
90mg
4%
Potassium
70mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
14g
)
Protein
2g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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