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March 6, 2013

Eat your greens

Delights for dessert lovers

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Green with Envy Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars — with contrasting layers of green, white and black — get a hint of sophistication from rich dark chocolate and refreshing Pure Peppermint Extract.

Makes 24 servings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 30 cookies)

1/3 cup butter, melted

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color

3 eggs

2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 9-inch square baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream and peppermint extract; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour 1/2 of the batter over crust. Tint remaining batter green with food color. Pour over batter in pan.

3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into bars. Drizzle bars with melted chocolate. Store leftover bars in refrigerator.

per serving

Calories: 215

Fat: 15 g

Carbohydrates: 16 g

Cholesterol: 69 mg

Sodium: 184 mg

Fiber: 0 g

Protein: 4 g

 



Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

A green twist on classic red velvet, these cupcakes take basic cake mix to delicious new heights with the addition of Pure Vanilla Extract, green food color, sour cream and cocoa powder.

Makes 24 servings.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Green Food Color

3 eggs

2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting or Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

Green sprinkles (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. 2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened, 2 tablespoons sour cream and 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Minty Green Cream Cheese Frosting: Stir 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Green Food Color into canned cream cheese frosting or Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

per serving

Calories: 213

Fat: 9 g

Carbohydrates: 31 g

Cholesterol: 30 mg

Sodium: 193 mg

Fiber: 1 g

Protein: 2 g

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