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September 7, 2007
Swistle's Chocolate Mint Brownies
Here it is, finally! The cookie recipe I tried as brownies but said would need more tweaking before they'd be perfect. Now they're perfect. I used Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips instead of mint chocolate chips, since as we discovered, mint chocolate chips are only available seasonally. Even the Andes chips aren't available at my grocery store, but I can find them at Wal*hate*mart.
Swistle's Perfect Chocolate Mint Brownies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 and 1/2 cups Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips
Cream butter and sugar. Add cocoa powder. Add egg, water, and vanilla. Add salt and flour. Add baking chips. Bake in a lightly buttered 8x8 pan, 325 degrees for 38-39 minutes. TRY to let them cool before eating them, because they really are much much yummier that way. You'd think they'd be better all warm and melty, but I have lots of experience in this area and I think you should trust me. Okay, fine, have one warm brownie. But then hands off until they're cool!
Do you know how many batches of brownies I made before settling on this recipe? Neither do I. But I tried it with baking soda and with baking powder, with no water and 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons water, with 1/2 cup of butter and with 2/3 cup of butter, with the whole bag of Andes chips and with 1 and 1/4 cups and with 1 and 1/3 cups, with the pan greased and not greased.
All of them were good, so don't be nervous to try other variations. I like having a partial bag of the baking chips left over to nibble on, but it was also good when I dumped in the whole bag.
Now, COOKIES take quite awhile to make, with all the cycling of hot pans and forming of little lumps of dough. But BROWNIES, you can find time for more easily, which is why I modified this recipe just for you, kiss kiss! I timed it and these took me 15 minutes from "putting mixer on counter" until "putting pan in oven." And that included having to microwave the butter because I forgot to put some out to soften, and having to run downstairs to the storage shelves for a bag of flour.