Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mint and Dark Chocolate Blondies

Blondies are quickly becoming my go-to treat when I need to come up with a treat that will please a lot of people on a short amount of time.  Start to finish is under an hour and they are pretty versatile in terms of flavor.  For my weekly group meeting at work, I whipped up these flavorful bars the night before as a way to share the minty and chocolate combination that I can only get away with at Christmas or St. Patrick's Day.

These are based on the basic Blondies recipe I've used before, but kicked up with a change in extract and mix ins.  I baked them in a smaller pan to make thicker bars, which meant a slightly longer bake time.  I used a leftover bag of mint and dark chocolate chips from the winter holidays, but if you can't find those, just use 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of mint chips.  I suppose you could dress these up and add a little green food coloring to the batter, but I think they are cute enough as is.

Mint and Dark Chocolate Blondies


6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup mint and dark chocolate chips

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.  Add egg, then vanilla and peppermint extracts, beating constantly to temper, until incorporated.

Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir until combined.  Stir in mint and dark chocolate chips.

Turn batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes, or until middle is set and edges are lightly browned.  Allow to cool completely and cut into bars.

Makes 16 bars.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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  1. A tasty one for St Patricks! I do adore mint and chocolate together, so this recipe definitely gets a thumbs up from me. Bar cookies are such a good item when you are pressed for time and need something delicious. I am sure these would disappear quickly!

  2. Mint and dark chocolate! Double Yum!!

  3. Tina--you are so right, bars are the easiest thing when you need a treat and have no time. Plus they are super portable!