Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies

This is a tried and true basic brownie recipe with a mint and chocolate layer added...perfect for St. Patrick's Day or just because.


Brownies
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Mint Layer
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1-2 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • a drop or two of green food colouring (optional)
Chocolate Glaze
  • 3 oz. semi-sweet or milk chocolate pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Method:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter in large saucepan on stove top.  
  3. Remove from heat and add sugar, cocoa, and vanilla.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Add flour and baking powder, and stir until batter is smooth.
  6. Stir in nuts.
  7. Spread evenly in a 9-inch square greased pan.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out 'almost clean'.  (Do not over bake for a moist brownie.)
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  10. For mint layer, ombine softened butter, icing sugar, milk and peppermint extract and beat until smooth.  Add a little more cream if frosting is too thick. (Add green food colouring, if desired).   Spread frosting over cooled brownie base and chill.
  11. To make chocolate glaze, melt chocolate and butter in glass bowl in the microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Spread evenly over mint layer and chill for 30 minutes before slicing.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, memories!

    The ladies in the college dining hall used to make these and we nicknamed them "toothpaste brownies" because of the mint filling.

    (We meant it affectionately. They were awesome brownies.)

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  2. Here goes the diet. I think these look irresistible. Thanks!

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  3. I'm making these right now... it smells good in here!

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  4. They look delicious! My husband loves chocolate mint ice cream so I'm sure he'd like your brownies, Judy. A little green coloring in the mint layer is such a nice idea to make them a perfect ♣ St. Patrick's Day ♣ dessert!

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  5. Thanks Judy, I'm thinking I may whip these up for tomorrow!

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  6. I never acknowledge St. Patrick's Day, because I have no Irish roots. But ......it would give me a good reason to make these fantastic looking brownies.

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  7. I just made these...still waiting on the chocolate to harden, but they look delicious and from what slipped from the bowls, they taste great! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. Those looks wonderful! You will have chocolate lovers thanking you!

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  9. my Anunt Amybel use to make these with green iceing in the center they were always so good. I don't have any of her recipes so it will be nice to have this. Thanks

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  10. These are great!!! I made them yesterday for dessert and they got rave reviews all around. :) Thanks!

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