02 January 2009

Creme de Menthe Squares

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It is fitting that the first recipe in this project is one with a great story. My best friend and I decided to make these bars one day when we were about 12 years old. Not only did we pull a recipe out of my mother's box that contained alcohol, but the cap to the bottle of Creme de Menthe was stuck tight. The resulting search for an adult to open the bottle has long been a legend in both families!

My grandmother's version of the recipe was handwritten on a Michigan Bell notepad and dated "Summer of '82."

Creme de Menthe Squares

1 1/4 cups butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup green Creme de Menthe
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bottom Layer:
In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup butter with the cocoa, heat and stir until well blended. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir in graham cracker crumbs and mix well. Press into bottom of un-greased 9x13 pan.
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Middle Layer:
Melt another 1/2 cup of butter and mix with Creme de Menthe. With mixer on a low speed, add 3 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Spread over bottom layer and chill for 1 hour.

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Top Layer:
Combine remaining 1/4 cup butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips in saucepan. Stir until melted and spread over mint layer.

Chill entire pan for 1-2 hours prior to cutting. Cut into squares or diagonals and serve.

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