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Chocolate Walnut Mint Bars

Chocolate Walnut Mint BarsA nutty chocolate-flavored crust made from vanilla wafers topped by a creamy mint filling and finished off with chocolate drizzle. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Chocolate Walnut Mint Bars.

Ingredients:
Crust
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons margarine or butter - divided use
1 1/2 cups (about 45 wafers) vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder

Filling
Mint Cream Cheese Filling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract or 1 tablespoon green creme de menthe
Green food color (optional)

Chocolate Drizzle
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

Procedures:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In medium saucepan, melt 1/2 cup margarine; stir in wafer crumbs, walnuts, sugar and cocoa. Press firmly on bottom of ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Beat cream cheese, 2 tablespoons margarine and cornstarch in a small bowl until fluffy. Gradually add in sweetened condensed milk, and continue beating. Add egg, peppermint extract and food color (if using) and beat until just combined and evenly colored.

Pour and spread evenly on top of crust mixture. Bake for 25 minutes or until center is set. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, melt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening over double boiler intil smooth and free from lumps. Drizzle on top of crust. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

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