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Mint Chocolate Brownies

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COOK TIME
35 min
TOTAL TIME
50 min
SERVINGS
12-16 bars

I made these brownies on Saturday night with a 3 month old strapped to my chest. Life is a lot different these days. 

Especially because when I think of anything mint, I think of peppermint schnapps and a horrible night in high school. I still can’t smell anything peppermint without having a moment. Am I the only one with a liquor that you just can’t even stand to smell, even a lot of years later?

Back to my crazy Saturday night making brownies with a baby. My husband and his friend were hanging out and patiently waiting to try these brownies. So once they were done, we all stood around the kitchen island tasting them. I stood there critiquing. “More time in the oven? Do they need more mint flavor? More flour?” And both of their responses were “these are good.” 

I wish I was a guy sometimes. But they are right, these are good. Super rich and fudgy, not an overbearing mint flavor and topped with chocolate which makes everything better. 

These involve my regular brownie recipe, plus a mint frosting layer and chocolate layer. They also need to be chilled between layers, so they take a little more time than a regular old brownie. It’s worth it though. 

Leave a comment and let me know what you think and tag me in any baking creations you make- @lolosdesserts

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

Super rich and fudgy, not an overbearing mint flavor and topped with chocolate which makes everything better.

Prep time: 15 min  |  Cook time: 35 min  |  Total: 50 min

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Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
MINT FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1-2 drops green food coloring
CHOCOLATE TOPPING
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 generous cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Brownies: Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, do not put in the fridge to cool.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper or foil, allow for overhang on all sides.
3. Add the sugar and brown sugar to the chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined after each egg addition. Add vanilla and mix.
4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt a little at at a time and mix on low until combined after each addition Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan or a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs.
5. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, remove the brownies using the parchment/foil overhang and transfer to set on a baking sheet while you make the mint frosting. Do not cut into squares yet.

 

Mint Frosting
1. In a mixer, mix the butter on medium high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and milk, mix on low to medium speed for another 2 minutes.
2. Add the peppermint extract and food coloring and mix again. Taste the frosting and add more peppermint extract if you like, careful though, a little goes a long way.
3. Frost the cooled brownies, then place them in the refrigerator to set. This will help the warm chocolate layer go on smooth.

 

Chocolate Layer
1. Melt the butter and chocolate over medium heat in a small saucepan stirring constantly. Once smooth, pour over the mint frosting layer and spread with a spatula.
2. Place the brownies back into the fridge to set the chocolate layer for at least an hour.
3. Once set, cut into squares. These are great at room temperature, but really great cold from the fridge. Enjoy!

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