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Friday, March 11, 2011

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I wanted to post this recipe on the odd chance you have not yet tried Maida Heatter's Chocolate Mint Brownies. While they are delicious at any time, their layer of mint cream makes them especially appropriate for the St.Patrick's Day holiday. This is a layered treat. It begins with a dense fudgy brownie that is covered with peppermint cream and then coated with a gleaming, dark chocolate glaze. The peppermint cream can, of course, be tinted for those who wear the green and love overt symbols of the holiday. Brownies are one of the easiest dessert that can be made in our kitchens. They rarely require special equipment and this recipe can be made with a couple of bowls and a wooden spoon. Despite the ease with which these can be made, I promise you they are delicious. Just don't overbake them. While these can be made several days ahead of serving, they lose their sheen when refrigerated. I love the chocolate-mint combination and use it often. It works especially well here. If you need a dessert for St. Patrick's Day, I think you'll love this one. Here's the recipe.

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Maida Heatter

Ingredients:

Brownie Layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1-1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mint Layer
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract or 1 to 2 tablespoons creme de menthe
Green food coloring (optional)
Chocolate Glaze
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven.
2) Line a 9 x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil, covering bottom and two opposite sides of pan. Foil is used to lift brownies from pan. Set aside.
3) In a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Stir in flour and salt and beat, with a wooden spoon, until batter is smooth and glossy and comes away from sides of pan (about one minute). Pour batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until brownies start to pull away from the sides of pan and the edges of brownies are just beginning to brown. A toothpick inserted in center of brownies will come out almost clean. Remove from oven and place on a rack to completely cool.
4) To make mint layer, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, heavy cream, peppermint extract in a small bowl and beat until smooth. Add a few drops of green food coloring if you wish. If frosting is too thick, add a little extra cream. (Frosting should be just thin enough to spread.) Spread frosting evenly over cooled brownie layer. Place in refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes, or until firm.
5) To make chocolate glaze, melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Spread over mint filling and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until chocolate glaze starts to dull.
6) To serve, remove brownies from pan by lifting with ends of foil and transfer to a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut into 30 squares. These brownies can be refrigerated for several days or else frozen. Yield: 30 squares.

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96 comments :

Alessandra said...

Well, they look perfect! I didn't know that they were 'traditional' for St. Patrick Day. Is it because of the green?

Have a lovely day

ciao
Alessandra

Hovkonditorn said...

Chocolate Brownies are so good! These look great :)

yummychunklet said...

These look perfect for St. Patrick's Day! I love the mint!

Pondside said...

We love brownies in this house but I've never heard of this sort. Yummy!

Priyanka said...

Hi Mary, the brownies look perfect. I have been thinking about making them since a long time....I think this weekend I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for inspiring again :)

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

OMG, this is so inviting! Perfect brownies for my tea break soon! :D

-Arielle- said...

Looks delicious! My husband's favorite desserts are mint chocolate ones--thank you for posting this recipe!

CaThY said...

Perfect snack for tea break! :)

Anna A. said...

These look amazing Mary! I love the chocolate and min combination and yes, so perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

The Sudden Cook said...

HI Mary - May I know how long do you cool your brownies for before cutting them?

Duncan D. Horne said...

Thanks for the recipe, looking forward to this!

www.duncaninkuantan.blogspot.com

kitchen flavours said...

These looks perfect! My daughter would love this. Bookmarking this recipe. I've just made a marshmallow brownie. Brownies are always a favourite especially among kids, and adults too! Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fantastic photo and oh so mouth watering!!!!! Diane

Mia's Bakehouse said...

Wow these look simply irresistable! The layer of mint would add a nice refreshing flavour do the intense chocolate of the brownie!

Hélia said...

They look really dellicious.

Have a nice day!

kisses

Helia

kitchentinker said...

I'm new here and i find you recipes deliciously healthy...i love cooking and baking especially on weekends when my grandkids are here for a visit. I'll try this "Double Chocolate Mint Brownies" tomorrow for a new brownie recipe. I'm sure they will like it with the mint...Thanks!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

OMG they are truly awesome..

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks gorgeous Mary, U have a lovely weekend!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

These look incredibly tempting Mary! Mint and chocolate are my new favourite combination and I think these should be on my new 'to try' list..

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,

Maida Heatter is the queen of chocolate. I have 2 of her cookbooks (have had them for years) and I have made these brownies on more than one occasion. Yum.

Carol

Creating Amazing Meals said...

Hi, Mary,

I would like to give you a Stylish Blogger Award! Please visit my blog to pick it up: http://www.createamazingmeals.com/2011/03/stylish-blogger-award.html

Thanks for supporting & inspiring me! xoxoxo

Lauren said...

Love chocolate and mint. I'm not much of a baker but use mint extract in my smoothies. In summer I use fresh mint in everything. Great St Patricks Day idea.

Three-Cookies said...

Today I bought some mint chocolate and then saw this recipe. I have been thinking about making brownies for a while, thanks to your post I will make it this weekend!

Ana Rita said...

Wow Mary!!!
What is this????It's a crime to show this and we can't even try it....Now i need to go to my kitchen and make them....Just kidding!

Have a nice weekend,

Rita

Kim said...

I'm craving for some of these. I love chocolat and mint. Delicious. Have a good week-end!

mamatkamal said...

Lovely combination Mint and Chocolate! That chocolate glaze looks amazing, so dark and shiny! I've never succeeded to have a chocolate ganache with that mirror look and that smooth glossyness. Bravo and have a great day Mary!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

These look so good. I love chocolate and mint, out of this world goodness! Great photo!

Ginny said...

Oh, is there anything better? My two favorite flavors, mint and chocolate! I have made a brownie very similar to this one, but haven't made it in many years now. And this one looks even richer and better.

Jenn said...

Oh, Mary, those look divine! I love mint chocolate brownies. Ok, so I love all things chocolate and all things brownies, but still..chocolate + mint + brownie = happiness!!

''Cucina di Barbara'' said...

Chocolate brownies are absolutely my cup of tea!
have a nice day, barbara

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

love this brownies,mint flavor is awesome...

Cooking Creation said...

Oh, I want one so badly! They look great! :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am not exaggerating... I am in the drool mode extreme!! LOVE chocolate. LOVE mint. Looking forward to this combination! Thank you, Mary. And, thank you for the kind comment about my 911 dinner. LOL! Blessings ~ Tanna

Nina said...

Mary, these brownies look perfect - for St. Patricks day or any day! Beautiful job -- I am sure they are delicious! Have a great weekend!

Wobegon Cottage said...

This is so funny I am making a Hershey's version of these brownies for our small group on Sunday and it is in reference to St. Patricks Day. I like the way you think and will have to try your recipe.

Natalie said...

Perfect for March! These look fabulous!

Harika's Kitchen said...

There is an Award waiting for u come and receive it.

Mary said...

Sudden Cook, they need to cool for at least 30 minutes, but the longer they are chilled the easier they are to cut. Have a great day. Blesssings...Mary

Clint said...

I showed this to Cindy and she will be making them soon. Thank you!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

They look awesome...

FunWidFud

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

so decadent! Love this flavor combo...as you can tell from my most recent post! haha have a lovely weekend Mary!

http://mykitchenadventures1.blogspot.com/2011/03/mint-chocolate-chip-meringues.html

brandi said...

I've been thinking about these lately and the fact that I've never made them myself. I think I need to change that!

I'm a sucker for anything mint + chocolate.

Angie's Recipes said...

Mary, those mint brownies look fabulous!

Rachel said...

My Grandma's 80th birthday is right around the corner and she loves chocolate and mint!!! We're trying to figure out what we're doing in terms of a party, but I'll most definitely be offering to bring these! Thanks for the recipe :)

Sue @ All About Food said...

Oh, these look decadent!

sally said...

Yum! I'm bookmarking these. I love the combination of mint and chocolate!

Chele said...

O. M. G!!! You are killing my healthy eating plan Mary and I'm loving it ;0)

lena said...

oh mary, another tempting one!! i'm already eyeing on your lemon mousse cake and hopefully i can make that very soon but before that, i need to learn to make my lemon curd first.

lemonverbenalady said...

Sadly Mary, two ingredients I can't eat because of my GERD! They do look delicious!

Jeannie said...

Oh so yummy looking, I love mint chocolates, can never get tired of eating those after dinner mint chocs!

That Girl said...

My mother swears by all Maida Heatter desserts.

David said...

Mary, My wife Laurie may just lose it when she sees this recipe! She loves chocolate, loves brownies, loves mint and just goes nuts when they're combined! Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Suman Singh said...

Amazing brownies..love the chocolate and mint flavor in it..great recipe..thanks for sharing!
Have a nice weekend, Mary! Tk care!

Wendy Irene said...

Brownies are one of my absolute favorite desserts! Sometimes the best things are simple. This is a wonderful idea for St. Patrick’s Day. I am always looking for ideas to make holidays special with my kids and I think they would LOVE these. Thank you for sharing!! Have a beautiful weekend :)

Joanne said...

I'm always up for a new mint chocolate recipe in my life! I wonder how these will hold up to the baked explorations grasshopper bars...

RamblingTart said...

I do so love dark chocolate and mint together, Mary. :-) I may need to nab some York mint patties at the grocery store tonight. :-)

ann@Apples and twinkies said...

Those are beautiful. I love brownies and mint. Thank you, Mary!

Valérie said...

I've always adored the mint-chocolate combination (After Eight chocolates never lasted long when I was around). This looks like a terrific recipe, and indeed very seasonal!

xinex said...

They look so pretty and so delicious, Mary...Christine

Priya said...

Fantastic brownies, they looks incredible..

janet said...

Wowser...I want one now!!!! You are such a tease Mary.

Janet xox

Karen Harris said...

Thanks for the inspiration Mary! My son will love these. I think I'll surprise him with them on St. Patrick's Day.

Barbara said...

She's a favorite of mine, as I'm sure you know, Mary. I confess, that while this is one of her most popular recipes, it's not one I've made.
Perhaps I'll make them for the dessert I have to bring to a luncheon next month.

Looks delicious and turns a plain Maida Heatter brownie (good enough by itself) into something elegant and refreshing!

Barbara said...

She's a favorite of mine, as I'm sure you know, Mary. I confess, that while this is one of her most popular recipes, it's not one I've made.
Perhaps I'll make them for the dessert I have to bring to a luncheon next month.

Looks delicious and turns a plain Maida Heatter brownie (good enough by itself) into something elegant and refreshing!

JasmyneTea said...

OMG, can I have one? Seriously, they look so decadent and morish, I'm SO going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

Shelley said...

I keep seeing all sorts of chocolate and mint combos. Apparently it's a sign that I need to get on the band wagon. These brownies sound terrific!

Courtney said...

Goodness - what an indulgent treat. These look absolutely delicious! Mint & chocolate = such a dangerous combination!

Parsley Sage said...

I need a dessert for St. Patrick's Day and I think I'll love this one!

Country Dreaming said...

Those look sinful!!!!!

Melinda

Jennifer said...

Mary these look absolutely fantastic! So moist and pretty... I totally want to make these! I wish I could bake!!!!

<3

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Vidhya said...

First time here.Loved your blog.The brownies look so delicious that I can't take my eyes of them.Going to try this out soon.

Hazel said...

These look soo appetising! Love that they are layered rather than all mixed in one.

~~louise~~ said...

Mint and Chocolate melded together for St.Patrick's Day...ooo, la, la...

Thank you so much for sharing, Mary...

P.S. If you get a chance, drop by, I'm having a cookbook give-away...

Pam said...

Mint and chocolate together are my idea of flavor heaven.

teresa said...

mint and chocolate are one of my alltime favorite combos. these look just fantastic!

Sue said...

Your brownies are calling my name! :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum yum! I really wish I had one of these for a Friday night dessert :)

Sues

Mickey said...

Yum! Perfect for St Patty's Day!
mickey

Marguerite said...

These brownies look so decadent and delicious! Mint and chocolate, a wonderful combination. Perfect for St. Patty's Day!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, Oh My! These brownies look just perfect! I am certain they taste just perfect! Blessings, Catherine

Maria said...

They look very rich, but a perfect treat for when you really need it :-)

elle marie said...

Wow.. my favorite flavors in one bar..mint and choco.. I would really like to try making these.

Simply Life said...

oh WOW! this looks incredible!!! I could eat way too many of these!

Soumya Vineeth said...

Oh, they are so much lovely, no words to describe them!

millie said...

Mmm looks nice !

Elaine said...

I have Maida's book that this recipe is in and have thought about making it, but now seeing your photo I simply must!

briarrose said...

I love that mint layer...and who can resist double chocolate? ;)

Ryan said...

Oh Mary, these look so good! I love mint brownies and so perfect for St. Patrick's Day! I wish I had one now with a glass of milk! :)

FOODESSA said...

I shall surprise my Brother with this treat since he loves this blend ressembling his favourite mint chocolates ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Yummo! These look so delicious! I love chocolate and mint.

Berendina said...

Thanks for the recipe shout out :D. Your mint brownies look delicious. I love fudge like brownies or anything with mint, yummy.

Sophie ala Mode said...

These look wonderful. I will have to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Lucie said...

I'm a huge fan of mint chocolate brownies--and I'm a taker of any Maida recipe, thanks Mary!

Betty said...

oh yummyyy i am loving chocolate and mint at the moment! these look perfect :O)

Julia @ DimpleArts said...

These look so delicious and decadent!

Eileen said...

For those who don't like food coloring but still want to feel like they're celebrating Irish culture, white is also a color of Ireland. The flag is Green (for the catholics), Orange (for the protestants) and White (representing peace between the two.) For that reason, even though I was raised Irish Catholic, I prefer to wear white for the holiday.

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