Monday, May 30, 2011

Grasshopper Cream Cheese Bars

3/4 c. flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/3 c. sugar
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine

12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2-1 tsp. peppermint extract
4-5 drops green food coloring
1/4 c. milk

Base: In a bowl mix together flour, cocoa and sugar. Using 2 knives cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 c. of mixture and press remainder evenly into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Place pan on rack to cool slightly.

Topping: In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, peppermint extract, and food coloring until blended. Blend in milk. Spread topping evenly over baked base. Sprinkle remaining base mixture over top and bake 350* for 20-25 minutes longer or until crumbs are golden. Place pan on a rack to cool completely, then cut into bars. Store, covered, in refrigerator.

Use a 8x8 inch square pan, ungreased.

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