Chocolate Mint Brownies

St Patrick’s is getting closer.  As promised,  here is the recipe for Chocolate Mint Brownies to help celebrate this green filled holiday.  I adapted a recipe that I saw on My Baking Addiction.  She adapted the recipe from The Joy of Baking.  I kept the same brownie base, upped the  mint layer, and topped it off with chocolate ganache.  The original recipe used a chocolate glaze.

The brownie layer is nice and dense, rich, chewy, gooey, fudgy goodness.  Next, you have a nice good layer of mint frosting, but I may ramp up the mint next time to 1 tsp.  Then you end with the ganache that’s rich, smooth, and chocolaty.  As I have said before, I love ganache and can eat it by the spoonful.  I mean you wouldn’t love chocolate and cream combined.  Plus, this recipe only makes a 9 x 9 pan so you won’t be too tempted with leftovers.

If you need any more inspiration for St. Patty’s here are some other great recipes:

Make You Cry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Pie

Thin Mint Cupcakes

Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chili and Cheese Spirals

Reuben Sandwich

Key Lime Pie Fruit Dip

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Brownie Layer:

  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups  granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Mint Layer:

  • 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • green food coloring (optional)

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cream
  1. 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 aluminum foil across the bottom and up two opposite sides of the pan. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.

Chocolate Ganache: In a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and and cream.  Allow to col about 15 minutes.  Stir.   Spread over the mint filling and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

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  squares. It is a good idea to wipe your knife between cuts with a damp cloth. These brownies can be stored in the refrigerator for several days or else frozen.

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