Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chocolate Mint Bars with #DelightFulls

When a blogger friend posted a photo of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls, I couldn't wait to try them. So I bought them. When I got an offer to write a sponsored post about them, it motivated me to come up with a recipe for them.

These are similar to the chocolate chips you already love, with one major difference - they've got another flavor inside. I bought mint, peanut butter, and caramel. To be honest, I wasn't that exited about the cherry, so I didn't pick that one up.

While cookies are the obvious use for chocolate chips, I wanted to use them in something different - cake or cupcakes or brownies. I figured that not only would they taste great, but they'd also leave little splashes of color within the dark chocolate chips embedded in the cake.

And I was right. I love when a plan works.

These bars are moist but not gooey. They're a little dense, but not too dense. They could be a cake-like brownie, or they could be a rich, somewhat dense cake. You decide.

Whatever they are, they're pretty darned good.

While I used mint, you could use any flavor of the DelightFulls for the same result.

You want one, don't you?

Chocolate Mint Chip Bars

4 ounces Nestle dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 cups (9 ounces) all purpose flour
1 cup mint Nestle Toll House DelightFulls

Spray a 9-inch square pan with baking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium heatproof mixing bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the dark chocolate chips and water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and it's smooth.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, where you'll mix with an electric mixer), beat the white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and oil until it's well mixed.

Add the eggs and beat until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Add the melted chocolate and mix well, then add the flour and mix until blended. Add the DelightFulls.

If you prefer, you can add the entire bag, but if you add just the cup, you don't have to feel guilty about all the Delightfulls that disappeared during sampling. Quality control, you know.

Pour the batter into the prepare pan and bake at 350 degrees until the cake no longer looks wet on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Let the cake cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar for serving, if you like.

This post is sponsored by Nestle Toll House, but it's completely true that I bought the product before there was even a hint of sponsorship, and the recipe is entirely my own idea, as well.

Links in this post are sponsored, which means that if you click, I get compensation. So go take a look at the Nestle baking recipes and go bake something!