Mint Swirl Brownies

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Keywords: Brownies, Desserts
 
 
     3 oz. cream cheese softened
     1/4 cup butter or oleo, softened
     3/4 cup sugar
     2 eggs
     2/3 cup all-purpose flour
     1/2 teaspoon baking powder
     1/4 teaspoon salt
     1/3 cup chopped nuts
     1 oz. unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
     1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
     several drops of green food coloring
 
     Chocolate glaze:
     1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
     1 tablespoon butter or oleo
     1 cup sifted powdered sugar
     1/2 teaspoon vanilla
     1-2 tablespoons boiling water
 
Cream together cream cheese, butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir
together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into creamed
mixture. Spoon half of batter into another bowl. Stir in nuts and
chocolate. Drop chocolate batter checkerboard-fashion from
tablespoon into greased 9x9x2 baking pan.
 
To remaining batter, stir in peppermint extract and food
coloring. Spoon green batter into open spaces in baking pan.
Swirl with spatula to marble - do not overmix. Bake at 350
degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool. Pour chocolate glaze over top.
Cut into bars.
 
Chocolate glaze: Melt 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate and 1
tablespoon butter over low heat. Stir constantly. Remove from
heat. Stir in 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon
vanilla till crumbly. Blend in enough boiling water (1-2
tablespoons) till of pouring consistency.
 
Makes about 16 brownies which freeze quite well for a few weeks.