Mint chocolate has long been a favorite flavor of mine. My family used to go to the Monster Truck Rally in Atlanta every year and we would get ice cream at the Varsity afterwards. I always got mint chocolate chip! The rest is history.
I thought a green and minty dessert would be fun for St. Patty’s Day, so I decided to go with Mint Chocolate Brownies!
3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
21 Andes mints, chopped
3 oz cream cheese
3 oz (6 tbsps) unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp water or milk
1 tsp mint extract
3-5 drops green food colorong
1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
3/4 heavy cream
2 tbsps light corn syrup
1. Make brownies. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine butter and chocolate in a small sauce pan. Melt over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat once melted and set aside to cool slightly.
2. Combine both sugars and butter mixture in the bowl of a stand mixture. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and salt and mix well. Add flour and beat until just combined. Do not over mix.
3. Stir in chopped candies and pour into greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let brownies completely cool.
4. Make mint filling. Beat cream cheese, butter, and salt until smooth and fully combined. Add powdered sugar and milk and beat well. Add extract and food coloring and mix until fully incorporated. Spread mint filling over cooled brownies and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
5. Make ganache. Heat heavy cream until almost boiling. Pour heated cream over chocolate chips on a glass bowl. Stir until smooth. Add corn syrup and stir until smooth. Pour ganache over brownies, covering entire surface. Add extra Andes mints (sliced) on top for garnish. Let ganache harden before serving.
Hack: Make this recipe easier by using boxed brownie mix. No one will be the wiser!
This may seem like a long recipe, but if you do each step in stages it is manageable! And the end result is definitely worth it!