December 19, 2015

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Peppermint Bars #Recipe #ThinkChristmas


  This is a wonderful dessert with a fudgy brownie  base layered with peppermint creme and a rich chocolate glaze. This is an absolute must for your  holiday dessert tray or package for a cookie exchange or gift basket.

Makes 36-50 bars depending on the cut size.  I cut mine smaller to fit in cookie boxes for gifts.

Ingredients
  • 1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix + ingredients to make brownies
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped  (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and placed them in a blender to chop up)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package. Spread in greased foil-lined 15x10x1-inch cookie sheet.
  2. Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, beat confectioners’ sugar, 7 tablespoons of the butter, melted, heavy cream and peppermint extract in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownie. Refrigerate 30 minutes (I placed in my garage since it is so cold outside).
  4. Microwave chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in large microwave bowl on HIGH 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownie. 
  5. Chill again to make it easier to cut bars.  I left out in the garage again for about 30 minutes to make sure the chocolate was set.   
These are some amazing bars! The recipe called for crushed candy canes as a topping. I opted to just melt white chocolate chip, mix them with red food coloring and then drizzle on the top.

I was first taken back and though that this recipe would be pretty intense due to the layers, but I was shocked at how easy it was to make.   My eight year old daughter even helped me make these.  These would be a great new addition to your cookie tray, part of a gift, etc.