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


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


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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13 Responses to “Best Dang Thing EVER Bars”

  1. #
    HoneyB — September 9, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This is a great post and I love that you and your sister made these together! You know its a favorite when you can make a recipe from memory! Thanks for participating 🙂

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    Laura — September 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome bars! You and your sister sound like me and my sister, so I loved this post extra for that. Great submission, thanks for participating.

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    Colleen — September 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Yum, these look SO good! And fairly easy – I will be making them soon!

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    stephchows — September 9, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Love the story that goes with these 🙂 family recipes are the best!

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    Katie — September 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    OH YUM!! Those look so freakign gooooood!!

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    The American Homemaker — September 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Those look great!!!!!!!!!! MMmmmmm

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    Ingrid — September 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I suppose if you were fond of chocolate they would be the best dang thing. I’d like the blonde version of this instead. 🙂

    You almost make me wish I had a sister instead of six brothers, almost. 🙂

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites — September 10, 2009 at 3:46 am

    oh my neighbor makes these and they are SO good! Mmmm I’m wishing I had one right about now, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    (also glad you enjoyed the taquitos!)

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    Justin — September 11, 2009 at 12:07 am

    whoa, a whole pack of caramels? this sounds amazing

  10. #
    madebymel — September 11, 2009 at 12:46 am! I bet these really are the best dang thing ever! I can’t wait to make these to bring to work!

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    Karen - Mommy to four sweeties — September 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I wonder if these can be made with a plain chocolate cake mix since I don’t have a german chocolate one on hand.

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    Jen — September 20, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I would think any chocolate cake mix would work

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    fun size wife — February 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    These are close to the Pioneer Woman’s Knock You Naked Brownies except for the frosting. Thank goodness chocolate and caramel are legal!

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