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Chocolate Mint Bars
Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm In Baking,Desserts,DIY,Good Eats,Memory Making,Recipes,Valentine's Day | 13 Comments
Easy and delicious homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store. Eat all you want, you can always make more.
I loved the line quoted often from Michael Pollan, “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.” The idea is that since it’s so much work than buying a convenience item or fast food, you’ll eat less. I’d also argue that you will eat better since you can control the ingredients and make it what you really want it to be.
Such is the case for these Chocolate Mint Bars. I took a recipe from my childhood and did some tweaking.
The original made a full 9×13 pan. I reduced the size to an 8-inch square, yielding 16 pieces, enough for my people to each have two bars. This is more than enough for a sweet treat.
The original called for creme de menthe of which I have never bought. I reduced the price by using some half and half and peppermint extract.
The original also called for a full can of chocolate syrup. It’s possible that it was made with real sugar 40 years ago, but today I know that stuff is loaded with junk. I used cocoa powder instead.
I used nut-free chocolate. This is a little hard to come by; so much chocolate is processed in the same facility as nuts. I was able to make sure that my no-peanuts-or-walnuts girl could enjoy these bars.
I also used whole wheat pastry flour. Yes, really. There was enough richness from the mint buttercream and the chocolate glaze, that we didn’t even notice that the cake layer was whole grain. I know, I can’t go so far as to call these “nutritious” but I feel less guilty. That’s worth something right there!
Whether or not you care if your treats are homemade, whole grain, or allergy-friendly, you will love these. We sure do! You can eat these frozen, cold, or at room temperature. We like them all ways!
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 16
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