Chocolate Mint Bars

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Easy and delicious homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store. Eat all you want, you can always make more.

Chocolate Mint Bars | Life as Mom

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.

Chocolate Mint Bars - easy and delicious homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store. Eat all you want, you can always make more.

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!

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Chocolate Mint Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
 
Homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store, these chocolate mint bars are delicious and easy to make.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate mint bars
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour you can use all-purpose if you prefer
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter 1 stick
  • 1 tablespoon half and half
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or line the pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk well to combine. Pour this into the prepared dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  3. Cool on a rack.
  4. To prepare the mint layer, cream together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick). Add the half and half and peppermint and whip until light and fluffy.
  5. Spread this mixture over the cooled cake.
  6. To prepare the chocolate glaze, melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) in a small sauce pot. Remove the pan from the heat and dump in the chocolate chips. As the chips start to melt in the hot butter, whisk until smooth. Allow this mixture to cool slightly.
  7. Spread the cooled chocolate glaze over the mint layer. Chill for about an hour or until ready to serve. Bars may be frozen for longer storage.
Recipe Notes

Store leftovers covered in the fridge up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mint Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate Mint Bars

Homemade treats to rival the bakery or candy store, these chocolate mint bars are delicious and easy to make.

Preparation Time:10 minutes
Cook time:25 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
makes 16 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (you can use all-purpose if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tablespoon half and half
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

    1. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or line the pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350°.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk well to combine. Pour this into the prepared dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester comes out with a few crumbs attached.
    3. Cool on a rack.
    4. To prepare the mint layer, cream together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick). Add the half and half and peppermint and whip until light and fluffy.
    5. Spread this mixture over the cooled cake.
    6. To prepare the chocolate glaze, melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) in a small sauce pot. Remove the pan from the heat and dump in the chocolate chips. As the chips start to melt in the hot butter, whisk until smooth. Allow this mixture to cool slightly.
    7. Spread the cooled chocolate glaze over the mint layer. Chill for about an hour or until ready to serve. Bars may be frozen for longer storage.

 

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DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Valentine’s Day. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. Originally posted 2/4/15.

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Comments

  1. Nia Hanna says

    Hi Jessica,
    I usually use ww (red not white or pastry) so I want to know the consistency of the batter for these. Should it be thick like brownie batter or looser like boxed cake mix. All my from scratch things seem heavier even with ww pastry flour. So I just wanna know what it should look like if I sub ww pastry flour for regular ol’ ww flour.

  2. Tanja says

    Those sound wonderful! My great aunt always made a recipe similar to this that I loved. I’ll have to try it.

    Also, my husband is severely allergic to nuts and Hershey and Ghirardelli brand chocolate chips tend to be nut free. Also if you are looking for candy melts or other chocolates, I have ordered many times from the Vermont Nut Free website and we love their chocolate and candies. It’s a little pricey but worth it if I know it’s nut free!

  3. Karen says

    I’m happy to see a remake of this recipe! The recipe I got from someone called for hydrogenated shortening! Yikes! I also thought that since the mint flavoring is added to the middle, cream layer, that one, conceivably, could make any flavor one liked best…..hmmm, like strawberry, orange, vanilla, raspberry,…the sky’s the limit!! Thanks so much!

  4. Heather M says

    Wow, this recipe is similar to mine (well, my mom’s, but I’ve been making them forever!). The differences include: the extract goes in the brownie itself, not the buttercream. Buttercream is exactly the same. BUT, topping is less rich, in that all it is is unsweetened chocolate squares melted together with butter and then drizzled/spread on top and cooled. for some reason, the unsweetened chocolate balances the richness of the brownie and buttercream. Super yummy! the brownie recipe appears to be similar, but I can’t remember off-hand, although we go for regular old unbleached all purpose. 🙂

  5. Katieliz says

    These are amazing!! Three steps makes them more involved than most desserts I make, but wow, is it worth it! I found it helpful to chill it before spreading the chocolate glaze on. I’ll definitely make these again!

    • So glad you like them. I agree; there are more steps than are optimal. But, that means we’ll not make them too often than is good for us. 🙂

  6. Christine says

    I made these for Valentine’s Day (along with heart shaped brownies) and I think they are one of the best desserts I’ve ever made! Thanks so much. Also, I used gluten free flour (Better Batter) since my kids have celiac disease and they turned out perfectly. Thanks so much, Jessica!

  7. Nia says

    Made these and totally didn’t follow your directions. I accidentally added all my butter to the powdered sugar instead of holding some back to melt the chocolate chips. To add to this I added my chocolate layer before it was cool enough and ended up with the mint layer melting a bit. I ended up with a very rich “peppermint patty” brownie. After half the batch was gone I needed a change and had a thought that it needed ice cream. I mixed one into some vanilla ice cream and my goodness was it even more perfect. “Peppermint patty” brownie ice cream is allowed on my dessert menu any day of the week! Thanks for the recipe Jessica. I would absolutely use your recipe again, being sure to follow the directions next time. Oh and you’re right, an 8 x 8 pan is plenty for a family to enjoy a sweet treat.

  8. Priya says

    These look delicious!

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