The delightful combination of chocolate and mint make up these, soft, addicting bars.I was given this recipe several years ago from one of many sister in laws. For the longest time, these have been a staple at many of parties on my husband's side of the family. My husband (and the rest of my family) adored them and would eat large quantities of them. In turn, I finally got the recipe.
That was good. But, also, bad. Because, now, we don't need a family party to enjoy them. We can eat them whenever we really want to. Which again, is good. But, also, bad.
These bars are so addicting and delicious, eating just one of them is pretty much impossible. So, eating several can be good for your sweet craving, but, bad for your waistline.
We have three layers for these...a chocolate base, a minty cream center and a chocolate frosting on top.
Gah! These are just so darn flippin' good.
Your base starts with a cake mix, then, your mint cream center includes, powdered sugar, butter and shortening. Then, our frosting is just some chocolate chips and more butter.
Friends, get out your stretchy pants for these babies.
Lots of goodness in these and the minty flavor is just right for St Patty's Day!
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Chocolate Mint Parfait Bars
Prep Time: 00:30
Cook Time: 00:10
Ingredients (approx 36 bars)
- 1 box, chocolate cake mix
- 1/3 c butter softened
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup water
- 1- .25oz envelope of plain, unflavored gelatine
- 1/4 c boiling water
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 c shortening
- 1/4 tsp mint Extract
- 2-3 drops green food coloring ( optional)
- 6 TBSP butter
- 12 oz chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup butter, water and egg. Beat at low speed until mixed. Press evenly in bottom of greased pan.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely before adding second layer.FOR MIDDLE LAYER
In a mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; cool slightly.
Add in 2 cups of the powdered sugar and blend well. Next, beat in butter, shortening, mint extract and food coloring(if using).
Beat 1 minute at medium speed or until smooth and creamy. Add in remaining 2 cups powdered sugar until smooth.
Spread filling evenly over cooled base.FOR TOP CHOCOLATE LAYER
In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and butter until smooth. Stirring constantly.
Carefully spread frosting evenly over filling, covering completely.
Refrigerate until firm, then, cut into bars.
Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving.
Store any remaining bars in refrigerator.