November 7, 2008

Chocolate-Mint Brownies: A New Twist

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.

Like so.

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.





34 comments:

Nowheymama said...

You are evil. Speaking of evil, have you tried the new peppermint candy cane Oreos? Holy crap.

Erin said...

Holy crap.

You know I've made FIVE batches of these brownies since you sent them to me? I've spread the joy, too, to the clerical staff at my work, to all my little sister's friends at her baby shower, to my family.

Spread the love, sister.

Karen said...

Oh I think I know what my daughter will be requesting instead of a cake for her birthday! Thanks for sharing!

Kristin H said...

You know how some sites have recipes that you try and they're just "eh"? I have never had that experience with your stuff. These sound great. I will be making them this weekend!

ColorCodedC said...

Y-U-M! This recipe sounds awesome (and now, sadly, I'm trapped at my desk with absolutely no hope of delicious baked goods.). They're kind of like creme de menthe brownies, but without that awful, Hulk-colored liquid!

Ginger said...

OMG there is nothing so awesome as mint and chocolate together (except peanut butter and chocolate) I will be passing this on to my awesome husband who is a baker for fun. Which is fun for me because I get to eat all the stuff when he is done.

Bunny said...

Oooooh, I will have to try this. I have made the brownies with the chips inside and the peppermint extract, but I never thought to put them on top. I may try this today...

Swistle's mom said...

MMMMMMMmmmmmmm, THANK YOU, darling Swistle, for the hand-delivered generous sample of said brownies! I'm savoring one as I type!

Dynamita said...

Gawd, if I ever go to America, I will come back with a suitcase full of MINT chocolate chips!

Saly said...

Nothing has ever sounded better.....says a PMS-y Saly. I want to eat these, but not so much go through making them.

Miss Grace said...

It seems like lately reading your blog is just making me hungry!

HollyLynne said...

ZOMG!!! Just when I think you couldn't possibly come up with a better brownie, there you go!!!
(PS. I did try making your mint chocolate chip brownies but with 1/2 cup choc chips and 1/2 cup little cubes of caramel instead of the mint chips. HEAVEN!)
You are going to make me too fat for my wedding dress, woman!!!

Anonymous said...

I've made these before but using a box mix brownie (sorry, I'm lazy!) and I've had great luck with both Andes Mints or York Peppermint patties, which you can find anywhere. I just unwrap 10-15 and lay them on the warm brownies and then mix them together when they're melted. REALLY GOOD!

Mairzy said...

Wow, I'm over indulging in them just *thinking* about them. It would probably be best for my wellness if I did not make these brownies.

(At least not until company comes for Christmas. :) )

Bunny said...

I am waiting for them to cool right now. They look yummy!

Badness Jones said...

You can't put a recipe like that up without mailing me some! Meanie. Now I know what I'm making first when I start the Christmas baking though!!!

Alice said...

i literally got up from the couch (working from home today) and went to the grocery store immediately upon reading this recipe. my grocery store didn't have mint chips, so i got junior mints and i'm hoping those will work out. i'll know in 8 mins when the brownies are done :-D

el-e-e said...

I have to try this. I haven't yet tried the brownies (only the cookies)! What was I saying about diet? Forget it.

Alice said...

PSA from the field: junior mints work great if you don't have mint chips! mint M&Ms, however, do not work at ALL :-)

mpotter said...

sounds delish!
do you leave them at room temp to store? b/c this sounds perfect for the bake auction we're having to support Relay For Life.

yummy.

Swistle said...

Mpotter- Yes, I store them at room temperature. They don't CUT very pretty, is one problem: the topping cracks and breaks. One thing you could do is cut them while the chocolate was still melty: I'm guessing it would drip tantalizingly down the sides, and then each brownie would be prettier and less messy. Hmmm....I'll try that next time.

Michelle said...

I think I just gained two pounds reading that recipe. YUMMMM!

CassJustCurious said...

You are simply my Yoda. I have documented my brownie making experiment today on my blog.

d e v a n said...

Those sound SO Good. I refuse to try them. (today)

Bunny said...

Success! I'm eating them for breakfast with my mint mocha coffee.
You are my hero.

rialeilani said...

this sounds delicious! i'm going to have to save it and try it.

ps thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Stacy said...

You are a brownie genius!

Tracey said...

Why? Why do you post such a temptation? Cruel.

:)

sabby said...

Oh wow, I can't wait until next weekend when I'll finally have time to get down and dirty in my kitchen and make these!
They sound sooo yummy.

SeaBird said...

I did this! I used Hershey's Special Dark chips because that's what I had on hand - really really good!

Crafty Beth said...

I love this recipe and have been using it for years (THANK YOU!) But I want to keep it safe with my other recipes on pinterest--any way you'd add an image to the page so I can pin it? It doesn't even have to be of the brownies :)

Swistle said...

Crafty Beth- Oh, good thought! I think I'm going to have to make the brownies, don't you? You know, just to get a photo.

Swistle said...

Okay! I got kind of a crappy photo, and I'm going to add it anyway!

Crafty Beth said...

Yay! Thank you! Definitely no way around baking a batch for the post--it's all for your readers. You're such a giver.