Friday, December 23, 2011

Creme de Menthe Bars


* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 4 eggs
* 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate syrup
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup unbleached self-rising flour (if you have all purpose flour, see note below)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt


* 2 cups powdered sugar
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
* 2 tablespoons Creme de Menthe

* 1 cup chocolate chips
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In the bowl of the stand mixer, cream together the sugar, butter, and eggs. Add the chocolate syrup and the vanilla and mix well.
3. Stir the flour and salt together in a small bowl, then add to the mixer bowl a little at a time. Mix well.
4. Spread the mixture evenly in a prepared 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 25 -30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, about 30 to 60 minutes.
5. Make the middle layer: In the bowl of the stand mixer, mix together the powdered sugar, butter, and Creme de Menthe. Spread all over the chocolate bottom layer, and then put the pan in the refrigerator.
6. Make the glaze: In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter together and stir until combined. Allow to cool slightly, and then spread all over the top of the mint layer. Put the pan back in the refrigerator and allow to chill thoroughly. Cut into small squares and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Growing up my mom used to make a few different kinds of cookies each Christmas season, and these were my absolute favorite! Making them and eating them now transports me back to my childhood...I hope you will enjoy them, too!

If you do not have self-rising flour, you can make it. For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Mix to combine.

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