Fudgey Mint Cheesecake Bars
4 bars (1 ounce each) bars unsweetened baking chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided use
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food color (optional)
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
Melt chocolate with 1/2 cup butter.
Combine chocolate mixture with sugar, 3 eggs, vanilla and flour in large bowl, beating until well blended. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons butter and cornstarch in medium bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, then remaining 1 egg, peppermint extract and food color, if desired. Pour over hot brownie layer.
Bake 30 minutes or until set.
Spread Chocolate Glaze over top. Cool. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.