Do you want to DIE HAPPY? I'll just fill in your line of dialogue for you: "Yes, as long as you mean the happiness literally but the death figuratively." Okay, I accept your terms!
First, make up a batch of my favorite brownies, which is a recipe I altered from the back of the box of Baker's Unsweetened Chocolate:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.
In a largeish saucepan (I think the one I use is 3 quarts), melt 1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4ths cup) butter and 5 squares (5 ounces, which is 140 grams) unsweetened chocolate. When melted, remove from heat. Then add 2 cups of sugar, 3 eggs, 1 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract (not mint extract: it has to be peppermint). Mix it all up and put it into the pan and the pan into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
As soon as you remove them from the oven, pour a whole bag of mint chocolate chips over the top as evenly as you can.
I used Andes Baking Chips, but I've also used Hershey's mint chocolate chips (which are only available nearer the holidays in my area). Let them sit there a few minutes while you go cycle laundry or something, and when you come back, cut the brownies: they're really too hot for this (oven mitts!), but this will keep the top coating from breaking as much as it would if you tried to cut them after it cooled. Cutting them will also leave pretty swirls in the mixed brown and green of the melted Andes chips.
Let them cool---and it will be agonizing, because it will take SO LONG for the melted chocolate to de-melt. I finally put them in the refrigerator because I couldn't stand it any longer. But it was worth it, because I ended up with these brownies that had a pretty, swirly, chocolate-mint COATING---like an ice-cream bar. Mmmmmmmmm.
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