A Trip Down Memory Lane: Mom’s Chocolate Mint Squares

Every Christmas my mom would make these chocolate mint squares and I remember the anticipation of them being ready to eat.  I would peek in the refrigerator and touch the chocolate layer constantly to see if it was set, luckily this time around I had more control, or maybe it was the toddler distraction.  Although these chocolate mint squares have three layers it’s not difficult the make.  The cake only takes 30 minutes to bake and once cooled you add the two other layers, which are even easier to assemble.  Place the pan into the fridge, chill so the chocolate sets up and you are ready to indulge.  The different textures and subtle mint flavor is a perfect combination.  Let the holiday’s begin!

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Chocolate Mint Squares

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 18 squares

Ingredients

  • CAKE LAYER
  • 1 Cup - Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup - Unsalted Butter (1 Stick) room temperature
  • 4 Eggs - Beaten
  • 1 Cup - All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 - 16 ounce Can - Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon - Pure Vanilla Extract
  • MINT FILLING LAYER
  • 2 Cups - Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup - Unsalted Butter (1 Stick) room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons - Creme de Menthe
  • CHOCOLATE LAYER
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 6 Tablespoons - Unsalted Butter

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper
  2. Cream the butter and sugar using a mixer. Once combined add the eggs, salt, vanilla, flour and chocolate syrup. Combine
  3. Once all the ingredients are incorporated, pour batter into the 9x13 pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  4. When the cake is done, place the pan on a cooling rack. Allow the cake to cool. Once it's cool to the touch you can add the next two layers
  5. MINT FROSTING
  6. In a medium bowl mix the confectioners sugar and butter. If the butter is room temperature it will be easier to combine. Add the Creme de Menthe and mix well until frosting consistency
  7. CHOCOLATE LAYER
  8. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and butter. Place in microwave for 30 seconds, stir. If not fully combined try another 15 seconds. Stir until it turns glossy
  9. Spoon the Mint Layer onto the cool cake. While you are creating this layer it gives the chocolate time to cool down
  10. Pour the chocolate layer onto the mint layer and carefully spread over to cover the mint. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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