I was looking for something quick and easy to make as a St. Patrick’s Day dessert. I was tempted by this super fast and delicious-looking Chocolate Mint Pie, but I really needed something from scratch (premade Oreo pie crusts are few and far between in Bangalore…). So, I ended up with Mint Brownies! Don’t they look so chewy and fabulous?
You could use a boxed brownie mix if you wanted, but making brownies from scratch isn’t that much more work. Many brownie recipes call for baking chocolate. I substituted cocoa and butter for the baking chocolate. If you want to try this with your own brownie recipe, here’s the substitution:
1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate = 1 tablespoon cocoa + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Melt the butter with the cocoa powder in a saucepan over low heat until well combined. Pour over sugar in a mixing bowl.
Stir, and add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add flour and salt and mix well.
Spread in a 9×9 inch baking dish and bake at 325 for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out nearly clean from the center.
Mint Frosting Recipe
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
- food coloring, optional
Blend all ingredients until creamy. Add a few drops more cream to get the desired consistency, if necessary. It should be soft enough to spread, but thick enough to not fall all over once the brownies are cut. Lick the beaters. You know you want to.
Put the brownies in the fridge to harden up the frosting if necessary. I drizzled the top of my mint brownies with melted chocolate chips to make them extra special for St. Patrick’s Day. Other decorating ideas are green and white sprinkles, or green colored sugar.