My cute friend Erin had a beautiful baby a while ago, and I promised her some mint brownies in exchange for the baby. At least I thought that was the deal. You know I don't love mint, but I did try one, before I delivered the goods and I must say even to me, a mint basher, they were delicious. I go light on the mint, so there is just a hint of mint in the filling. If you are into cutesy, you could make these for a baby shower and color the mint filling either green or pink (gag) . I'm not into food coloring either. For some unknown reason, I really hate it when mint flavored food items are colored green, or when Key Lime Pie is colored green. Hello, people, that does not make the food more appetizing. Don't you love it when someone addresses you as "people". Takes me back to jr. high. Another one of my favorites.
Right up there with mint.
Pinch of Salt Lake Mint Brownies
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4-1 oz squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons evaporated milk, (half and half or cream works too)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
few drops of pink or green food coloring, if desired
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter and beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs until well blended; then add melted chocolate. Sift flour, measure out 2 1/2 cups and sift again with dry ingredients then add to creamed mixture along with vanilla. Spread in greased and floured 9x13 pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs attached. Do not over bake. Set aside and let cool.
Mix all frosting ingredients until creamy and spread on brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Combine butter and chocolate chips in top of double boiler; add vanilla and blend thoroughly. Pour gently over frosting and spread by tipping pan until all of the brownie mixture is covered with glaze. Refrigerate until set.
-I left out the 1 cup of nuts in this recipe, because if there is anything more weird than green food coloring in the mint filling, it's nuts in mint brownies. For some reason mint and nuts just don't go together in my world. So- 2 1/2 cups of flour may seem like a lot, but due to the absence of the nuts, I left in the full amount of flour. Remember- don't over bake.