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Mint Meltaways Recipe

For the brownies:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
6 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 eggs
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract

For the peppermint frosting:
1 box (1 pound) confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies for sprinkling

To prepare brownies: Heat oven to 350 F. Line a 10 x 15 x 1-1/2-inch jelly-roll pan with waxed paper; leave overhang on 2 short ends; coat paper with cooking spray.

Melt butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Transfer to a medium-size bowl. Beat in eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour and extract. Spread batter in prepared pan.

Bake brownies in heated 350 F. oven 30 minutes or until edges begin to firm. Cool brownie in pan on a wire rack.

To prepare frosting: Beat sugar, cream, butter and peppermint extract in a medium-size bowl until smooth. Lift waxed paper out of pan to remove brownie. Spread frosting over brownie top. Sprinkle with crushed candies.

Cut into 48 bars or mini-squares.

Makes 4 dozen bars or 8 dozen mini-squares.


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