Thursday, July 3, 2008

Chocolate Mint Brownies

stack of choc mint brownies

On my rugby team, we used to have a captain who was like the team mom. She would make delicious baked goods all the time and bring them for us to eat after our games (needless to say, we were very sad when she retired to have a baby... lucky kid!). One of the most awesome things she made were brownies with a layer of mint frosting, so when I stumbled across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try.

The end result was SO GOOD -- rich brownie complemented by cool mint. These little guys (they were cut into 1" squares) were so tasty and easy-to-do that I made them twice in one week, the second time for my brother's birthday party, and both times they were a huge hit.

rows of brownie squares

--recipe--
Chocolate Mint Brownies, with my notes
original from Joy of Baking website

Brownie Layer:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces (114 grams) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Scharffen Berger 80%)
1 1/4 cups (250 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (70 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mint Layer:

2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (115 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt (this was heavy cream in the original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or 1-2 tablespoons crème de menthe
green food coloring (optional) (I used a mix of blue and yellow powdered food coloring)

Chocolate Glaze:

3 ounces (90 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped (Here, I used Scharffen Berger 70%)
1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) square baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan, like a sling. (You can also use buttered aluminum foil for this, but I like parchment because for me, it tears less and is easier to work with.) Set aside.

Brownies: In a stainless steel (heatproof) bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (with a wooden spoon) after each addition. Stir in the flour and salt and beat, with a wooden spoon, until the batter is smooth and glossy and comes away from the sides of the pan (about one minute). Pour the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until the brownies start to pull away from the sides of the pan and the edges of the brownies are just beginning to brown. A toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies will come out almost clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to completely cool.

baked brownie layer

Mint Layer: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat all the ingredients until smooth. Add a few drops of green food coloring if you want the frosting green. If the frosting is too thick, add a little extra cream. (The frosting should be just thin enough to spread.) Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled brownie layer. Place in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes or until firm.

spreading mint layer

Chocolate Glaze: In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter. Spread over the mint filling and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate glaze starts to dull.

glazed brownies

To Serve: Remove the brownies from the pan by lifting with the ends of the foil and transfer to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 1" squares (this makes 81 squares in the 9"x9" pan... in the original recipe she says 30, but unless they are bigger squares, it's 81). I rinsed off my knife with hot water after each cut, which made the cutting much easier and the glaze less prone to cracking during the cut. These brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for several days or else frozen.

Makes about 81 1-inch (2.5 cm) squares.
--end of recipe--

stack of choc mint brownies

Happy 4th of July to those celebrating! :)

72 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Rugby is such a fun sport!! :0) Wow, those brownies are the EPITOME of mint-chocolate goodness - yum!!

Shari said...

Ooh, those look scrumptious! I love the color of the mint layer!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

The Food Librarian said...

These look amazing! I have got to make these!

Erin said...

The look amazingly delicious! I love mint chocolate brownies!

Grace said...

stellar brownies. stellar.
meanwhile, did you ever shoot the boot after a rugby game? just curious. :)

kim said...

thanks everyone! i definitely recommend making these (i might make them again this weekend!!)

@grace, i must admit that i have... not particularly pleasant, but afterwards it wasn't so bad ;)

cabbey said...

greek yogurt in place of heavy cream? wow, now that's a sub I'd never think of! But that sounds great, and the end result looks delicious.... going to have to try this one out next week when my folks are in town.

(p.s. you made the "found on SmugMug" blog.)

Isa said...

Not a big fan of minty fillings but, based on the way these look, I would certainly give the brownies a try! Lovely pictures

Jen Phillips said...

I was going to try these this weekend, but I managed to put away an entire tub of Betty Crocker frosting between last night and this morning...think I've had enough sugar. ;) But I must try these soon...they look HEAVENLY!!!

kim said...

@cabbey, yea, i did the sub because i forgot the cream at the store, and it worked out really well so i'm going to keep on doing it! :) that is so cool about Found on SM, such great pics on there!!

@isa, the base brownies are really good by themselves, but you can always put a different flavor in the icing if you want.

@jen, what are you doing buying betty crocker?! ;)

Ara & Spirit said...

You know... this has to be the worse Blog I have ever seen!!! And why?... because we are camping in the Desert and my stomach is growling now... even my Friend Spirit (my dog) is looking at me...
I found you through SmugMug... having been a Pastry Chef and whatever for 40 years now I congratulate you on making me WANT to bake again...
Great Photography of course...
Be well... always!
Ara & Spirit

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Good lord, these look mighty fine!

kim said...

@ara & spirit, thank you, that is such a nice compliment! :) sorry to be so tempting when you are out camping, hehe.

Melissa said...

Definitely making these tonight. Amazing pictures!

Fiona said...

I've gained 10 lbs just looking at the photo but I have to make these!

frugalfergie said...

Okay, I am not a huge baker but I have to make those. They look great!

paresh said...

nice, yummy recipe. i like it.

Etna said...

O_O yum!

Dr. Pete said...

You or someone you work with is a really talented food photographer. I just about tried to pull one of those off of my screen :)

Tracy said...

My mom used to make us chocolate-mint brownies when I was a kid, these look just like them! I've always wondered what her recipe was but she doesn't keep track of that kind of stuff, thanks for sharing this! I can't wait to try to make a vegan version. YUM!

kim said...

thanks everyone, so glad you like them :)

@dr pete, i took the photos :) thanks!

@tracy, awesome, let me know how the vegan version turns out!

gourmet said...

Yum...Yum.. Mouth watering recipe. Can't resist to make it and have it soon :)

Rrrick said...

Although mine didn't turn out that pretty (too impatient for the whole cooling process), they were/are sure yummy!! Thanks for the recipe.

lifestyle recipes said...

Nice recipe. I love chocolate recipes .

mandapants said...

I made these with my little nephew, we had so much fun making them and when we were done, OH MY GOD. soooo good. They look just like the picture (i used more chocolate and an extra tsp of vanilla in the brownie mix, and added more chocolate topping. It was amazing. A complete hit, and they were gone in a day. My boyfriend already wants more. OH NO! so good! thanks for the recipe!

EAT! said...

I make these every Christmas to give to friends and family. I think I should make a batch in July!!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great combo - I love how the green just pops out. These will be added to the brownie's to make and eat list..

gastronomicguesswork.com said...

Looks like a great sweet treat, will have to whip some of these up ... I'm not a huge sweet fan, but mint and chocolate are right up my alley.

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

Yum. I just gained 5 pounds from the pics!

Lilandra said...

those look really good
i've only seen before when people stick a layer of peppermint patties or such like in between the batter

these are awesome

Shannon said...

Just the title alone is scrumptious!

Deborah Dowd said...

Why do I keep stumbling upon blogs with desserts determined to make me break my diet?!These look delish!

HoneyB said...

What an awesome stumble I just found! YUMMY!

kim said...

thanks so much everyone, i'm glad you are enjoying the recipe :)
@mandapants, your changes sound tasty!

tommy said...

These look great. Thanks for posting! (Great Photos makes me want one.)

karuna said...

this looks absolutely sinfull. love the dark chocolate frosting on top.

rubybean77 said...

These look so professional! Good job!

Jo. said...

yum yum yum

Tenina said...

WOW, I am on a brownie kick right now and these look well worth the effort...YUM

UK Foodie said...

They look fabulous, will definately be trying these - fantastic photos.

imadedinner said...

YUM! I'll be trying these for xmas gifts!

Foodaholic said...

Those look great. Mint and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations.

bridgette said...

OMG these look soo good, i love anything that taste like mint. cant wait to make these. yummy yum yum!!

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

Rugby? Mint? Chocolate? You sure know how to romance a girl. Cheers!

Jill said...

WOW! I just saw this recipe and it looks AMAZING!!!

I'm for sure trying this soon :)

Anonymous said...

Any tips on the chocolate glaze? I just made it and my glaze was not shiny or thin enough to spread easily! Thanks~

kim said...

@Anon, not sure what happened, what was your texture like? a couple of things to check are to make sure you didnt get any water in the chocolate that caused seizing, and that you melted over a pot of simmering water for slow and even heat. hope that helps you out!

Colby said...

Wish my brownies turned out like your picture lol... I'm a guy so that's probably why.. They are really flaky on top and the middle part like went flat and the sides are up really high.. Anyways they are still Amazing tasting.

kim said...

@Colby, so glad you gave them a try! i'm not sure exactly what happened, but it sounds like you might want to check the temperature of your oven. sometimes if it's too hot the sides will cook a lot faster and the middle will sink. anyway, the taste is the most important thing ;)

ayşegül said...

i'm going to make these today!! i can't wait! will let you know how it goes (:

ayşegül said...

i made them!! they were amazing!! only, on my ones the top layer looked marbled because the hot chocolate mixed with the (still) warm mint layer....i'm going to make another batch next week! mmmmm...

kim said...

@ayşegül, glad you liked them! :) yea, you need to chill the mint layer or else it'll mix like that. you can try putting it in the freezer for a quicker chill time :)

Sophie said...

These look absolutely amazing! How lovely! I will make them soon...!

Anonymous said...

my brownies did not raise as much as the picture. What could have happend??? They are very thin.

Tanya said...

I love anything mint! These look so good. I can't wait to make them. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!! These are awesome. Just saw this post and decided to make them! They turned out delicous!:) Keep blogging!!:)

Wedding Photographer in Kentucky said...

I am SOOOO bookmarking this page! *Drool*

Julia said...

Wow, wow, wow! Beautiful

Anonymous said...

These look fantastic; must try! Definitely bookmarked as a looking forward to!!!!

Heidi said...

I'm making these as we speak! Can't wait to try them :)

Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm an Italian girl of 18 years and I just finished reading a book ("Sweet Trouble", in Italian, "Amore, menta e cioccolato" by American writer Susan Mallery) in which they spoke of these brownies delicious chocolate and mint . I decided, well, to try the recipe ... I hope they are good, the pictures bring hunger...
I think I posted the comment more than once, sorry .. :)
P.S. sorry for my bad English

Serena

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...I'm only part-way through the recipe, but the brownies are out of the oven, and have a super crispy top and gooey inside, and pretty flat...doesn't really look like yours. Hmmmmm

kimberly salem said...

@Anon, hope you were happy with the taste! I would suggest getting an accurate oven thermometer so you can make sure you are at the right temp during baking. These brownies come out pretty dense and moist for me. Also, the final photos are super close up but they are basically 1" cubes. HTH!

Melissa said...

I've made these multiple times for over a year now and they are hands down the most popular sweet I've made (and I bake a lot!).

I follow your recipe exactly, and the only problem I tend to run into is the baking of the brownie. I have an oven thermometer, but when I bake at 325 degress F, it takes like 40 mins+ for the toothpick to come out almost clean, but by that time the sides of the brownie is super hard and raised while the center sinks in like crazy. Baking at 350 helps just slightly. Regardless, they always taste amazing and that is what counts the most! Thanks for the amazing recipe!!

Russell said...

Oh man! I wish I had seen this yesterday! These would have been perfect to take to work today for St. Patty's Day. Oh well, I don't have time to run to the store to get the stuff before making them now.

Lucy @ Lucyeats said...

Wow that looks delicious. I am absolutely in LOVE with the mint and chocolate combo. So is my boyfriend -I will make these for him very very soon!!

Arran Moffat Edinburgh Photography said...

Amazing - This will go down a treat in our household. Mint and chocolate is a sure fire winner!

Wedding Photography in Edinburgh and Scotland said...

I made these two days ago and they went down a treat. Everyone loved them. Many thanks!

yummy foods from stumble said...

my family makes a similar recipe, called Cream D'Mint brownies, the green part is made from cream d'mint, confectionery sugar & butter

http://slowmotionpotion.com/dev/ said...

Such a cool looking dessert. I'm a fan of anything mint, so this recipe is a keeper. Can't wait to try it.

Silvana Amato said...

Che buoniiiiiiiiiiii e che belliiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ciaooo Silvana

Zahabia Aamir said...

The brownies were too good

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