Chocolate Mint Brownies for St. Patrick’s Day

Chocolate Mint Brownies

I’ve slowly started changing over my modest collection of holiday decor from Valentine’s Day stuff to St. Patrick’s Day stuff. If I thought I had very little to pack away for V-Day, I’ve got even less to bring out for St. Patrick’s Day!

But it’s not a big deal. By the middle of the month I’m tired of it anyway and I’ll have Easter and spring stuff out soon enough, so hey, less work for me! That doesn’t mean I get tired of holiday-appropriate baking, though. It definitely takes me longer to get past that and move on to the next season.

So, I’ve already started making yummy stuff for St. Patrick’s Day. I came across these Chocolate Mint Brownies on Pinterest, but the pin wasn’t linked to anything with more info, so I Googled it and found it at the Betty Crocker website.

Though it’s fairly easy to put together, there are three separate steps to making the whole dessert, and each step takes at least an hour in the fridge when you’re done with it.

The recipe says it takes about 5-1/2 hours from start to finish, and I’d say that’s about right. So if you’re planning to make these, make sure you give yourself plenty of time!

Chocolate Mint Brownies

You start off making a box of brownie mix (which I’ve got plenty of), and then let that cool completely. (What did I do before Reynold’s Liners?) (No, they’re still not paying me.)

Then you whip up a really yummy frosting with mint extract and green food coloring (though using red for Christmas would be fun, too) and spread that over the cooled brownies. That goes into the fridge for at least an hour to set.

Chocolate Mint Brownies

About half an hour before that was ready to take out, I started the chocolate for the top.

The instructions said to just put everything in a non-stick pan and do it that way, but I prefer to do it in a double boiler so nothing gets burnt.

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Once the bars and the chocolate are ready, pour the cooled chocolate on top.

I had all three girls in the kitchen for this step. Who doesn’t want to watch that? (Dibs on who got what utensil may have also played a part.)

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Now it’s ready to go back into the fridge, this time for at least two hours. Torture.

Chocolate Mint Brownies

So, the bars are delicious, but very rich! I used just under 1/4 tsp of the mint extract, which was the perfect amount. The recipe calls for a measurement between 1/8 to 1/4 tsp, and I was afraid of it tasting like toothpaste so I went in a little shy.

In fact, with all the chocolate, it was the frosting that everyone agreed was the richest part, so when I make these again I think I’m going to actually cut the mint frosting portion in half for a thinner layer.

There were no complaints about the chocolate slab on top.

Chocolate Mint Brownies
from Betty Crocker

Brownie Base
1 box brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons whipping cream
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
2 drops green food color

1/3 cup whipping cream
1 1/3 cups (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter (do not use margarine)

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. (For easier cutting, line pan with foil, then grease foil on bottom only of pan.) Make and bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.

In large bowl, beat filling ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart nonstick saucepan, heat topping ingredients over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Cool about 10 minutes or until lukewarm.

Pour topping over filling; spread to cover. Refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours or until set. Before cutting into bars, let stand 10 minutes at room temperature. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

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