Squares: Butter, or spray with a non stick cooking spray, a
9 inch (23
cm) square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, wax paper, or aluminum foil.
In a saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the
sugar and cocoa powder. Take the saucepan off the heat and gradually whisk in the beaten egg. Return
the saucepan to the heat, and cook over low heat,
stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (1 - 2 minutes). Remove
from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and
chopped nuts. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Cover
and refrigerate until firm (about an hour).
In your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer),
beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the remaining ingredients. If desired, add a little green food coloring and
beat until the filling is uniform in color. If the mixture is too thick to spread, add a little
more milk. Spread the filling over the bottom layer, cover, and
refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
Topping: In a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the
chocolate and butter. Let cool to lukewarm, and then spread over the
filling and refrigerate just until the chocolate has set (5-10 minutes).
To Serve: To prevent the chocolate from
cracking bring the squares to room temperature and then, using a sharp knife,
cut into pieces.
Yield: Makes about
Preparation time one hour.
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(113 grams) butter, at room
1/4 cup (50 grams)
1/3 cup (30 grams)
unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
1 large egg, beaten
(4 grams) pure vanilla extract
2 cups (200 grams) graham cracker
crumbs (or crushed Digestive Biscuits)
1 cup (65 grams)
coconut (either sweetened or
unsweetened, shredded or flaked)
1/2 cup (50 grams)
walnuts or pecans,
1/4 cup (55 grams) butter, at room
3-4 tablespoons milk
or light cream
(2 grams) pure
peppermint extract or 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) pure peppermint oil
2 cups (230
grams) powdered sugar (confectioners or icing) sugar,
6 ounces (170 grams) semisweet
or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 tablespoon (6 grams) butter
or vegetable shortening