Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mint Brownies

This from-scratch brownie recipe is the best!  Perfect for whatever type of brownie you are making.  This particular post is paired with the frosting recipes from Our Best Bites.
A great go to dessert!
 Mint Brownies
1 c. butter, melted
2 c. sugar
1/3 c. cocoa
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour

Mint Frosting:
2 c. powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1-2 Tbsp. milk
green food coloring

Chocolate Glaze:
6 oz (about 1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil making sure the foil extends over the edges by at least one inch.
Lightly spray with non-stick spray and set aside.

Cream butter, sugar and cocoa.
Add vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time.
Blend in flour.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a knife poked in center comes out clean.
Cool completely on a metal rack.

When brownies have cooled to room temperature, prepare frosting:
Combine all frosting ingredients, starting with 1 1/2 tablespoon of milk, and beat until light and fluffy.
Add more milk by teaspoonful as needed.
Spread frosting evenly over brownies and then place brownies in fridge to chill.

While brownies are chilling prepare chocolate glaze.
Place chocolate chips and 6 tablespoons butter in a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until just melted and smooth.
Set aside to cool for about 15 minutes and then carefully spread on top of the frosting layer.
Return pan to fridge to cool.
When chocolate has hardened, use edges of foil to remove entire brownie from pan.
Cut into squares and serve.

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