Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mint Chocolate Brownies ~ Mid Week Munchies


With St. Patrick's Day on my mind,  I had a delicious craving from the past: Mint Chocolate Brownies. As a married adult I have never made these brownies so I called my Mom for directions. Here is her mouthwatering recipe:
Start by using your favorite boxed brand of brownie mixes or your own homemade recipe. Cook brownies according to boxed instructions. Little tip: when greasing pan, I like to add a coating of sugar to the bottom. It make the brownies easy to remove from the pan and adds a little touch of sweetness.

Once brownies have cooled make your mint buttercream frosting. I like to have my mint frosting be about 1/4" thick. Mix:

4 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 tablespoons melted butter (or more, depends on what you like)
1/8 cup milk (more or less depending on thickness of frosting) 
Drop of green food coloring ~ channel your inner leprechaun for degree of green!


Allow frosting to set (harden) for an hour or so before adding chocolate.
Chocolate Top: In a sauce pan heat 5 tablespoons of butter on low until melted. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate and lightly stir til chocolate is melted and mixed. Chocolate will melt practically on its own, so not alot of stirring is required. Little tip: add about a tablespoon of Crisco to chocolate...this gives the chocolate a shiny texture which is really pretty. Once chocolate has cooled, (this may take up to a half an hour) but still warm enough to spread, spread over brownies. (Side note: I only added about 1 1/4 cups chocolate and felt like I didn't have quite enough that is why I upped the recipe a 1/4 cup, add even more chocolate and butter if you want a thick chocolate top!)
All three layers: brownie, mint frosting, chocolate. I love to put my brownies in the fridge and let them chill for a couple hours, makes them perfect with a cold glass of milk.

Perfect treat for any Leprechaun this St. Patty's Day!

13 comments:

Ella said...

Yum!!!! I'll be right over!!!

Stacy Henrie said...

You're so talented, Pam, in so many areas! Love the look of these. I'm a big brownie/mint fan.

Pamela said...

Hi Stacy! Brownies are the best and thank you for your kind words.

Mommyto2boys said...

You totally read my mind!!! I devoured a whole sleeve of Thin Mints in a matter of minutes yesterday because of a chocolate and mint craving! I will sooo be trying this out, thanks for the awesome idea!

Camille said...

oh - PERFECT for the wearin'o'the green holiday! I'm a huge fan of mint brownies - but have always just purchased them from local bakeries. Now I'll have to try making them at home! Love this!!

Renee said...

Yum! I am making this on Monday for my daughter's 12th birthday! She LOVES mint and so we were both excited to find this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Those brownies look awesome! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog until tomorrow night and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your brownies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-7.html

Sue said...

These brownies look amazing!

Tammy said...

Oh my yummy-ness! St. Paddy's day can't get here soon enough :) Diets are null and void on holidays aren't they???
Thanks for sharing!
(BTW: Found you by following a link at oneprettything.com)

Vone said...

yum - I want these now. I'm adding this link to my Pinterest.

saw you on One Pretty Thing.

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Okay, these look sinful! That layer of mint...drooling! I've never thought to make mint frosting. I'll be picking up some mint extract next time I'm at the store!!

Julia said...

I just tried this recipe on the weekend, it turned out great! Thanks for the idea :)

KINGRPG said...

You can mix it really well. It looks delicious.

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