For the base
- 2 cups (200g) chocolate cookie crumbs (such as chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers)
- 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
For the peppermint filling
- 2 cups (240g) powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Green food coloring (optional)
For the chocolate topping
- 8 ounces (225g) dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1. In a bowl, mix together the chocolate cookie crumbs and melted butter until well combined.
2. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased or parchment paper-lined square baking pan (8x8 inches or similar). Ensure the base is evenly distributed.
3. In another bowl, beat the powdered sugar, softened butter, heavy cream, peppermint extract, and green food coloring (if using) until smooth and creamy.
4. Spread the peppermint filling evenly over the chocolate cookie base.
5. In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate and butter together, stirring until smooth.
6. Pour the melted chocolate over the peppermint filling, spreading it evenly to cover the entire surface.
7. Refrigerate the peppermint slice for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate is set.
8. Once fully chilled and set, remove the slice from the pan and cut it into squares or bars.
9. Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information (per serving, based on approximately 16 servings):
- Calories: 267
- Total Fat: 17g
- Saturated Fat: 10g
- Cholesterol: 32mg
- Sodium: 66mg
- Total Carbohydrate: 30g
- Dietary Fiber: 1g
- Sugars: 22g
- Protein: 1g
A specialty coffee with bright, refreshing notes would be a great match for the cool and minty flavors of the peppermint slice. Consider a light to medium roast coffee with hints of citrus, floral, or herbal undertones. Ethiopian or Costa Rican coffees can offer a delightful pairing experience, as their nuanced flavors can complement the minty sweetness of the slice.
Enjoy creating and savoring this delicious peppermint slice alongside a cup of your favorite specialty coffee!