but i'm nothing if not determined. or is it stubborn? no matter, either way, there would be chocolate mint bars...
the pictures are kind of lacking as is the story, but these may be the perfect fudgy minty chocolately crackness...
perhaps the only thing i can teach you, oh lovely internet, is that a pizza cutter makes an awesome brownie cutter :)
Chocolate Mint Bars
courtesty of southernfood.about.com / Diana Rattray (with minor changes by me)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 ounce unsweetened melted chocolate
1 ounce semisweet melted chocolate
1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons softened butter or margarine
1 tablespoon cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
few drops green food coloring
1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted with 1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 350°. *
Prepare 8x8 baking dish by lining with parchment and spray with cooking spray for baking (butter/flour)
Combine eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, and granulated sugar; beat well. Add the 2 ounces of melted chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring; stir until well blended. Stir in the flour; blend well.
Pour into a baking pan. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. (tester should come out fairly clean) Cool on wire rack.
Thoroughly blend the 2 tablespoons butter and the cream; add confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring, along with the food coloring. Spread over the cooled chocolate peppermint bars.
When frosting is firm, spread chocolate and melted butter mixture over the top and swirl, if desired. Refrigerate until topping is firm.
Cut into small pieces, as the bars are pretty rich.
*note... my oven may have been closer to 335° or 340°... i didnt notice this until the brownies were taking forever to cook... but they were kinda awesome, so you may want to do the same and leave them in for 35 - 40 minutes instead... just a thought.