Mint Brownies

While I absolutely LOVE Ina’s Outrageous brownie recipe (especially the Oreo variation), it is a somewhat demanding recipe. It requires a over a pound of chocolate, a pound of butter, and 7 eggs. I don’t always have all of those ingredients on hand. While it’s definitely my favorite brownie recipe for special occasions, I think I’ve found a more suitable recipe to use when the craving for a great brownie hits. The recipe uses cocoa and other ingredients that I always have in the house.

I’ve actually made this recipe before. I’ve jazzed it up with some peanut butter earlier this year and more recently with a cookie dough topping. This time I decided to add a mint flavor since I had some Andes baking chips in the cabinet. I guess I’ve never actually made this brownie recipe as-is, but after making all these variations of the recipe, I can vouch that it’s a great recipe.

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Mint Brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Andes baking chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth. My chips started to melt a bit while I stirred them in. That's ok though.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool completely prior to cutting.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

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14 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses”

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    Katie — December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve never seen a treat so perfect! So impressed!!

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    Joelen — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful job! I love the addition of chocolate and peppermint on the bottom for additional texture!

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    Amy Kingman — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my goodness those are so pretty!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    OMG these are adorable!! Great job.

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    Tiffany and Ganesh — December 23, 2008 at 1:52 am

    wow, these are so pretty and look delish!

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    Scott W. — December 23, 2008 at 2:36 am

    how great are these! you can’t buy something that looks so nice.

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Thanks everyone. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Everyone loved them.

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    Hallie Fae — December 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed. Those look great. What did you do with over 100 meringues?? 🙂

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hallie – I took half to a holiday potluck and the other have came to my in-laws with us for Christmas. They’re going on the cookie tray. The good thing is they keep well and go fast! And Hubby loves them so I have a hard time keeping his hand out of the bag of these guys.

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    Steph — December 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    These are beautiful!

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    Ali — November 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, these look great and I want to try them as gifts this year. Thanks! One question, how do you “paint” the red coloring into the bag?

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    Jen — November 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ali,

    Using a small paint brush, I dipped it into the food coloring and painted stripes on the inside of the pastry bag prior to filling it with the meringue.

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    cindy6174 — January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    These as well as your Raspberry Meringue Cookies look wonderful. I wish I had come upon these before the holidays as they would have made a great addition to my cookie plate!

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    Cornelius the Pig — December 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    i realize these were posted 2 years ago… but i just found them and they look wonderful! so pretty!

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