Do you ever buy something at the grocery store and then take it home and you have no idea what to do with it? Yeah, that happens to me. A lot. I am an impulse buyer. I found these cool looking Guittard mint chips at the store and I had to have them. They sat in my cupboard for awhile and every now and again I would look at them and say to myself, “I really need to make something with those” and then forget about them again. I was leafing through the Paula Deen magazine and there it was. A recipe that looked delicious and called for mint chips. Awesome. I was invited to our good friend’s 30th birthday party and knew that these babies were coming with me.
They are rich and chocolaty and have a nice, and not at all overpowering mint flavor. The real kicker is the glaze. I am a sucker for a glaze. One with booze in it and I am sold. And the chocolate frosting on top of an already rich brownie and that is just plain sexy talk.
For the brownies:
2 sticks of butter room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 package mint chips
For the Frosting:
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Boozy Glaze:
1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1 Tablespoon creme de menthe
green food coloring
Beat together the butter and sugar. Beat it until it is really light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla.
In another bowl, whisk the dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.
Stir in the mint chips.
Spread the brownie batter into a 9×13 pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownies are set.
Put all of the frosting ingredients in the bowl of a mixer and mix until smooth.
Frost the brownies with the chocolate frosting.
Whisk together all of the glaze ingredients. I put my glaze into a squeeze bottle. I am super fancy. But you could also use a spoon.
Drizzle the glaze over the brownies in a back and forth motion.
Cut into squares. And enjoy.
Or package them up really cute and give them to a friend. Or you could keep them for yourself, I won’t tell. Thanks Paula.