17 December 2008

mint brownies: my all time fave








as a gift to you mint & chocolate lovers, here is the recipe i am famous for. well at least in some states. they are the perfect holiday treat for sharing. and so festive for freezing when you need a break from your new new year's diet. believe me. these brownies will have you singing carols and believing in saint nick all over again. enjoy.
and remember, i don't just give this recipe to anyone. that's how much i love you.

CHOCOLATE MINT LAYER BROWNIES
makes 24 servings

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) plus 6 TBS. butter, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1 TBS. plus 1 tsp. water
1 tsp. mint extract
4 drops green food color
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9x13 baking pan.

2. Place 1 cup (2 sticks) butter in large microwave-safe bowl; cover. Microwave for two minutes or until melted. Stir in granulated sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; beat well. Add cocoa, flour, and baking powder; beat until well blended. Pour batter into pan.

3. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4. Prepare mint cream center by combining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, water, mint extract and food color. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly on brownie. Cover; refrigerate until cold.

5. Prepare chocolate glaze by placing remaining 6 TBS. butter and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool slightly; pour over chilled dessert. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Cover; refrigerate leftover dessert.

mmm. merry christmas.

21 comments:

Mandi said...

They sound delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Diana Hulme said...

Yum! Thanks - can't wait to try them out! :) Great minds think alike - I posted a holiday treat recipe today too!

summer said...

marta,
when my sister came to visit me last weekend THESE BROWNIES were what we decided to make together! They were becoming a fond, distant memory to us, so we brought back our old favorite. They are currently cubed up & freezing for next week's festivities.
I am so happy to see that someone else is delighting in this perfect dessert.

p.s. I made half the pan with a peanut butter layer instead of mint (for Grant) and those turned out great too. Just in case there are any pb lovers at your house.

kaylene said...

those look and sound and smell [okay, i imagine i smell them!] so tasty. i'm searching for a way to reconcile the amount of butter in this with my uncontrollable love for chocolate and mint to be all that i eat all day long... if i can find it, i'll be all over this :)

ellen said...

I'm famous for mint brownies too (my old piano teacher's recipe actually)!!

EmElle said...

Yum! Your pics are so fab that I'm tempted to lick my screen. (But I won't, so don't worry.) Thanks for sharing!

Berta said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I've been wanting that recipe for so long - thanks for sharing in the most fun way. Loved the comment from summer and the peanut butter layer - d-lish. Thanks again.

Em said...

Yum! I'll be using that for sure.

Courtney said...

These look and sound delicious!! Thank you for sharing.

::Sylvia:: said...

Oh my goodness, these sound so scrumptious!!

brooke said...

The universe thanks you. I LOVE mint brownies. I can't wait to try yours.

P.S. said...

Weird-o-rama!!! I made the exact same recipe tonight for neighbor gifts! Great minds, I guess.

Chelsey said...

totally excited to make these. thanks for the recipe!

becca said...

Yum!! These are definitely on my to-do list for xmas baking next week. Thank you Marta!!

Dansie Family said...

they are delish. i love to turn to that recipe in the family cookbook, often. the frosting is the best.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness, bless you. Mint and chocolate are my favorite combo, and I've been needing a great recipe and, hence, excuse to make mint-chocolate brownies!

I, too, dream of a better designed cocoa container...

Nance said...

Yum... are these the ones I've eaten at Dansie family gatherings before? If so, they are scrumptious. I just bumped the dessert I was making for my husband's work party tonight and am making these. Yum. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

I have a similar recipe and it is incredibly delicious...you are so right! I haven't made them in awhile and now you have me thinking. What are your thoughts on using Dutch process cocoa instead of Hersheys?

meg duerksen said...

these are my ALL TIME favorites too. my mom made them all my life at christmas. and i make them now too. right now i have very very many left in the freezer that someone will have to eat still in january i guess. it will have to me. I will make that sacrifice. :)

nice to meet you. this is my first time here.
happy holidays.

sarah said...

good call on lining the baking dish.

Coby said...

Marta - finally made these for my daughters 1st birthday Saturday & they were a hit! I did the pink center like you did before - everyone wants the recipe ... I will send them this link ASAP.

Hope the move is going well!

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