Dark Chocolate Mint Bites


Think of this decadent dark chocolate recipe as mint chocolate chip ice cream in dessert bar form.

Dark Chocolate Mint Bites
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

  • ¾ cup dark or semisweet chocolate pieces

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 19 wafers)

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon shortening

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

  • 1 tablespoon low-fat milk

  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 drop green food coloring (optional)


  1. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Coat foil with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. For crust, in a food processor pulse oats until fine. In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup of the chocolate pieces and the butter; heat and stir until melted. Stir in the processed oats, finely crushed chocolate wafers, cocoa powder, and salt. Press crust mixture into bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 15 minutes.

  3. In the same saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate pieces and the shortening. Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, milk, peppermint extract, vanilla, and, if desired, food coloring; stir until smooth. Spread over crust. Drizzle with the melted chocolate mixture.

  5. Chill about 1 hour or until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into 24 bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 59mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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