Refreshing Dessert Bars

Chocolate-Mint Bars

Ingredients

Bottom layer:

  • 4 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chocolate syrup
  • Cooking spray

Mint layer:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring

Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare bottom layer, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and salt; stir with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, egg substitute, ¼ cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, eggs, and chocolate syrup in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Pour batter into a 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Step 3

To prepare mint layer, combine powdered sugar, ¼ cup melted butter, and next 3 ingredients (through food coloring) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread mint mixture over cooled cake.

Step 4

To prepare glaze, combine chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Let stand 2 minutes. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 20 pieces.

 

Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter–Pecan Frosting

Pecan bars

  • Bars:
  • 2 cups sliced ripe banana (about 3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 9 ounces cake flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Baking spray with flour

Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare bottom layer, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and salt; stir with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, egg substitute, ¼ cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, eggs, and chocolate syrup in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring until blended. Pour batter into a 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Step 3

To prepare mint layer, combine powdered sugar, ¼ cup melted butter, and next 3 ingredients (through food coloring) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer until smooth. Spread mint mixture over cooled cake.

Step 4

To prepare glaze, combine chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Let stand 2 minutes. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 20 pieces.

Hello Dolly Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milkHow to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake 8 minutes. Sprinkle pecans, chocolate morsels, and coconut over hot crust. Pour condensed milk over top. (Do not stir.)

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and edges are bubbly. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

 

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