Mint Cheesecake Squares

 

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Let’s be honest, St. Patrick’s day is a perfect reason to make anything with mint. (It is also a really good reason to eat lots and lots of Lucky Charms.) If you are someone who does not like the mint chocolate  flavor combination (I know you either love it or hate it), I sincerely hope that you will learn to appreciate the delightful flavor.  Mmmm. Chocolate Mint.

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Serving

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate fudge cake mix

1 cup butter, softened

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

3 eggs

6 drops green food coloring, or as needed

3 drops creme de menthe candy flavoring (such as Wilton®), or as needed

1 (10 ounce) package dark chocolate and mint chips (such as Nestle® Toll House® Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Beat cake mix and butter with an electric mixer on low speed in a bowl until crumbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. Place in preheated oven and bake until edges begin to crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk with an electric mixer on medium speed in a bowl until smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Drop eggs one at a time into the cream cheese mixture and beat until blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in 6 drops green food coloring, or more for a darker color; beat until color is blended, about 2 minutes. Beat in creme de menthe candy flavoring until thoroughly blended, about 2 minutes. Taste and add more flavoring if needed. Pour batter over the chocolate crust in the 9×13 pan. Sprinkle 1 cup reserved crumb mixture over cheesecake batter. Top with 1 cup chocolate and mint morsels; reserve remaining morsels for finishing touches. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake until set, 42 to 45 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Pour reserved chocolate and mint morsels into a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave morsels in 45 second intervals; stir until completely melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag. Clip a small bottom corner of the bag. Gently squeezing the bag, drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled cake through the clipped corner. Cut cake into bars to serve.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com.

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