One of my favorite things to do while baking is to taste the food as I go. Who doesn’t enjoy chocolate chip cookie dough? But, if you’re not careful you can end up eating more than a few cookies worth of dough before they even make it into the oven.
Right before Thanksgiving my friend Allison told me her secret for losing weight while baking. She sticks a piece of gum in her mouth as she starts the mixer and keeps it in until she’s done. Genius! I gave her weight loss plan a whirl this past Wednesday while I was working on my Thanksgiving desserts. After three pieces of gum, two pies and one pan of brownies I was pleasantly surprised to say I did not cheat and eat any of the pies, but I did lick the beaters from the brownie batter. Hey, two out of three isn’t bad.
In honor of the Two Chicks 1st rule for when baking, ”Always lick the beaters!”, here is the recipe I cheated on my one day diet with - Aunt Mary’s Chocolate Mint Bars. Enjoy!
Your favorite Chick from the South – Jamie
Aunt Mary’s Chocolate Mint Bars
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
½ cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon mint flavoring
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
¾ teaspoon mint flavoring
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk or cream
3 drops of green food coloring (optional)
2 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter, room temp.
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup buttermilk
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375⁰F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil and coat the foil with baking spray; set aside.
- To prepare brownie layer, in a medium heat-proof bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Place bowl over, but not in, a pot of boiling water. Stir constantly until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. Remove from heat; allow mixture to cool slightly.
- In a medium bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar and mint flavoring; mix well. Add flour gradually to egg mixture, mixing until just combined. Add the sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix together until well combined.
- Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean from the center of the bars. Transfer pan to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
- To prepare mint layer, whip butter until light and fluffy. Add mint flavoring and mix well. Beat in powdered sugar and milk in alternating additions, mixing well between each one. Add green food coloring, if desired. Spread mint mixture evenly over the top of the cooled brownies layer.
- To prepare frosting, place powdered sugar in medium bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan combine butter, cocoa, and buttermilk. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until mixture begins to boil. Pour the boiling chocolate mixture over the powdered sugar; mix until well combined. Stir in salt and vanilla, and mix well.
- Spread frosting evenly over mint layer. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
Makes: 16 bars