These Mint Brownies are simply irresistible! With a thick fudgy brownie topped with a creamy mint layer and topped with a silky smooth chocolate layer, what’s not to love!?!
Whew! What a busy weekend we have had so far!!! I mentioned in an earlier post we are having some super nice weather and so we are taking full advantage.
So, far we’ve weeded a mulched a huge flower bed. However, we underestimated how much mulch we would need so there’s that to finish. And we are finishing up some fence we put up on one side of our property.
It was quite a sight! -> My husband had a little more help than he probably needed with 7 kids, a nursing wife and a dog. <- You get the picture.
But, the posts are pounded, the wires are up and stretched and 3/4 of it is clipped up. So, it is almost done and can be checked off the list.
It is so nice to check things off that to do list!! 🙂 One down and many more to go!
A little about these brownies. These are not your ordinary brownies. They have a wonderfully chocolatey brownie on the bottom. Then they are topped with a smooth and creamy, minty layer. I put a little green food coloring in this layer, which is totally optional. I was going for a nice St. Patrick’s Day dessert and you can’t have a non-green dessert on St. Patrick’s Day! Then on top of the mint layer is a silky ganache like chocolate. YUM!!!! These are rich and satisfying and will make any of your mint and chocolate lovers happy!
- BROWNIE LAYER
- 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- pinch salt
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- MINT LAYER
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 3 oz cream cheese softened
- 3/4 teaspoon mint extract
- 4 -6 drops green food coloring optional
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- pinch salt
- CHOCOLATE TOPPING
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch baking pan, set aside.
BROWNIE LAYER: In a small microwave safe bowl melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter in 15 second intervals stirring after each until smooth and melted. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add in the flour, salt and chocolate mixture and mix just until combined. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before spreading on the mint layer.
MINT LAYER: In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the mint extract and food coloring if desired. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and salt. Spread over cooled brownie layer and chill for 25-30 mintues.
CHOCOLATE TOPPING: in a small microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and cream. Microwave in 15 second intervals stirring after each until smooth and melted. Spread carefully over the mint layer. Chill for 25-30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.
Brownie layer adapted from Ina Garten