Mint Bar

Ingredients

Brownie
    • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate chips – 60% cocoa (or chopped bittersweet chocolate. I recommend Ghirardelli)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced into tablespoons, plus more for baking dish
    • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Mint Cream Filling
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened slightly
    • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 tsp mint extract
    • 5 drops green food coloring, or more/less as desired (optional)
    • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 – 2 pinches salt, to taste
Chocolate Topping
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced into tablespoons

Directions

  • For the brownie:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with 2 sheets of aluminum foil (one going each direction) and leaving a two-inch overhang on all sides. Brush foil with melted butter (about 1/2 – 3/4 Tbsp), set aside.
  • Add bittersweet chocolate chips and butter to a microwave safe bowl. Heat mixture on HIGH power in 15 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until melted and smooth. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl and using a rubber spatula (for entire mixing process), mix in granulated sugar and salt. Blend in eggs one a time, mixing just until combined after each addition and adding in vanilla with last egg. Sprinkle cocoa powder into an even layer over batter and fold in just until combined. Add half of the flour and fold several times then add remaining flour and fold just until combined (batter will be thick). Pour and spread mixture into an even layer in prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven 20 – 23 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Mint Cream Filling:
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Blend in mint extract and green food coloring if desired, then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in powdered sugar, add 1 – 2 pinches salt to taste, and mix until smooth and fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled brownies into an even layer. Transfer to refrigerator and chill 30 minutes.
  • For the Chocolate Topping:
  • To a microwave safe bowl, add semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter and heat mixture on HIGH power in 15 second intervals, stirring well after each interval until melted and smooth. Remove brownies from refrigerator and spread chocolate topping into an even layer over brownies. Return to refrigerator and chill 30 minutes longer, or until chocolate has set. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.