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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9 Responses to “Superbowl Cupcakes! Go Colts! Go Saints!”

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    Elina — February 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    LOVE the decorated cupcakes! What recipe did you use? They look delicious. 🙂
    It was nice meeting you yesterday. Your m&m cookies were yummy as well.

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    Jen — February 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Elina! I used this recipe for Irish Car Bomb cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen. I’ll do a full post with the recipe and details later.

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    Christina — February 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Super cute!! They look delicious too. 🙂

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    Pamela — February 8, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for the inspiration; I had seen the general idea elsewhere but never thought about doing it for sports logos for some reason. I made a few cupcake toppers this afternoon that I’ll be posting soon. (peasandcues.wordpress.com) Great idea!!

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    Jessica LeAnne — February 8, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I love this! Im going to try to make some candy toppers for my cupcakes now.

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    nutmegnanny — February 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

    They are so adorable! I don’t know why I do not do cupcakes more often. They are a such a crowd pleaser 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — February 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

    They are so adorable! I don’t know why I do not do cupcakes more often. They are a such a crowd pleaser 🙂

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    Joy — February 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I actually prefer the yellow sprinkles to the idea of yellow/gold frosting. It makes them look SO CHIC

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    Michelle Rago — February 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t know if the frosting or actually cupcake was my favorite part, so good I had to bring one to work with me on Monday.

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