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Chocolate Mint Brownies
with Peppermint Frosting
Chocolate and Mint are meant for each other. This classic flavor combination is one of my favorites. Cool, refreshing mint with creamy chocolate. Chocolate Mint Brownies with Peppermint Frosting are perfect for the holidays. Decorate the top of the brownies with candy canes, whole or crushed, sprinkles and mint m & m’s.
Homemade or Boxed
The recipe that follows is for homemade brownies. They’re made with cocoa, the usual brownie ingredients and mini chocolate chips, chopped mint m &m’s and pecans. If you are crunched for time during this busy season, you can certainly substitute your favorite boxed brownie mix.
You can substitute mint chocolate chips (winter blend I think theyre called) for the coarsely chopped mint m & m candies. We used a ready-made peppermint frosting by Pillsbury, that we tinted green. If you can’t find peppermint frosting in your area, simply stir 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract into a container of white/vanilla or cream cheese frosting. Use green gel food coloring to tint the frosting.
Minty, Chocolate and Delicious
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 2/3 cup butter, melted and divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mint m&m's, plus more for garnish
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 1 container peppermint frosting
- 2 to 4 drops green food coloring
- 1 container vanilla frosting with 1 teaspoon peppermint extract added.*
Heat oven to 350
Grease a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish.
Stir together cocoa and baking soda in large bowl; Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter. Add water; Stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Stir until smooth. Add flour, extract and salt; stir until well blended. Stir in chips, m & m's, pecans and chocolate topping. Spread into prepared pan.
Bake at 350º for 35- to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Do not over bake. Cool pan on wire rack.
When cool, add 2 to 4 drops of green food coloring to peppermint frosting, stir well. Frost brownies with green tinted peppermint frosting.*
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