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Unsweetened Surprise Recipe
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Unsweetened Surprise

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"A Great Treat for Company! Brownies topped with a mint layer then an extra chocolaty layer on top of that. Rich!"

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Original recipe makes 8 Dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    3 hrs 40 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    4 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 squares of chocolate with 1 cup butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar with the melted chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in the flour. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool in pan. To make the mint layer: Beat the confectioners' sugar with 3/8 cup of butter in a medium bowl. Gradually beat in milk, green food coloring and peppermint extract. Spread evenly over the brownie layer and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. To make the glaze: Melt 3 squares chocolate with 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat or in a microwave oven, stirring frequently until smooth. Spread over the mint layer when completely cool. Chill again to set before cutting into bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 05, 2006

Don't be scared by the name--these are plenty sweet! They are the same recipe my Grandma would make each Christmas. They are like a brownie, with the unique topping of a mint frosting layer followed by a thin chocolate glaze. If you like chocolate and mint together, you will probably like these bars! The next time I make these, I will line my pan with foil, because they tend to stick to my greased and floured pan. Make sure they are THOROUGHLY chilled before cutting them, or they won't cut well. They are picture-perfect if you can cut them cleanly.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 11, 2010

Well the name needs to be changed to sweet surprise and they are really called mint sticks or mint brownies. My mom made this for the family every Christmas long before I was born and I was born in 1958. Oh by the way add chopped walnuts thats in moms recipe.


10 Ratings

Dec 21, 2009

These were very good, they are not hard to make and really don't take much time in active work but there is cooling/setting time needed to turn out well. I was just needing the topping for my standard for brownies (Baker's Choc. 1 bowl brownie). I also vote NOT to use a mix for these, mixes are good and serve their purpose but the consistency is not the same and this brownie (or the Baker's) recipe is super easy and doesn't take much longer than a mix. The mint filling was great, good amount of mint, similar to peppermint patties. I let this sit in the fridge for a couple hours, then popped it in the freezer for about 10-15 mins before topping with the chocolate. The freezer made sure that the layers stayed separate and chilled the choc layer nicely. The unsweetened choc was good, it broke the sweetness just enough. I did need to make more than called for (and I only made a 9x13) I used 4 squares instead of 3 and that was just enough, could have made it thicker but it really wasn't needed. Everyone loved these and I will definitely make them again. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 20, 2009

The name is a bit misleading because these are sweet, rich, and a family favorite! The chocolate layer almost has the consistency of fudge, and I usually have to bake it for several minutes longer than the suggested time. I cool the brownie layer completely before pouring on the mint layer, then chill for the suggested hour before adding the glaze. I learned the hard way that this is an extremely important step or else you don't get the perfect layers. If I let the bars chill overnight I usually take them out of the fridge and let them sit for at least 15 minutes before cutting or else the top layer cracks. Absolutely delicious!

Jun 25, 2006

these tasted very good. i wasn't used to the consistency of the brownie layer, so it was hard for me to tell when it was cooked. i cooked it for 17 minutes and it seemed a little underdone when we ate it, so next time i will add a couple minutes.

Apr 08, 2009

This was certainly not UNSWEETENED! BUT GREAT! I was bored last night so decided to bake something. Wow big mistake making this before bed! They are great cold! Taste like a Pepperming Patty.

Jan 11, 2010

This recipe was great, very easy to make. I made them into a raspberry brownie with raspberry extract in place of the mint, and red food coloring in place of the green. But I would imagine a 5 stars rating with the mint also.

Jan 27, 2013

I had to find a recipe that didn't use chocolate syrup since I didn't have any on hand, so I made these. This is the recipe I'm going to use from now on. Because they don't have the syrup they keep better and don't get so gooey. They are rich, chocolately and minty - perfect. I have served them to several people and they're always a hit!


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  • Calories
  • 76 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 25 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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