Saturday was a case of “I have a few hours in the kitchen to make non-KISD desserts, how much can I bake for the blog and how fast?”
Of course I had another reason to bake, other than for Matt to have three cupcakes as an afternoon snack. And the reason wasn’t to give me an excuse to eat the last three brownies sliver by sliver until they “magically” disappeared. But Matt was going to a birthday party and I was headed to a housewarming party and apparently when you run a bakery you are expected to bring baked goods. Who knew?
In fact, any time I show up empty handed I get some pretty disappointed faces. Even from our friends and family members on diets, they are always slyly trying to see if I have a plate/box/bag of goodies behind my back.
But I digress. These brownies went to the birthday party and they were a perfect case of “what do I have on hand that needs to be used up?” We had leftover mint buttercream in the freezer that has been taking up valuable real estate for a while and a bag of Andes pieces in the drawer from before the holidays.
Let me tell you, those two items did not go to waste. These brownies were a heavenly combination of fudgy, creamy, rich and minty all at the same time. A few hours after I finished the leftover brownies, I completely regretted not doubling the batch. Looks like the rest of those Andes candies won’t be around for long!
- 3 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, sliced
- 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup Andes crème de menthe pieces or chopped Andes candies
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup creme de menthe
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease a 9x9 brownie pan or baking dish with cookie spray or butter; set aside
- In a large microwavable bowl, melt chocolate and butter by microwaving in 30-second increments and stirring in-between
- Whisk in sugar until well combined
- Whisk in eggs and vanilla until well combined
- Whisk in four just until combined
- Fold in crème de menthe pieces
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean
- Set brownies aside to cool and prepare buttercream
- Beat butter in the large bowl of an electric mixer on high speed until light and creamy
- Add powdered sugar and crème de Menthe and mix on low until incorporated
- Increase speed to high and mix until filling is light and fluffy
- Spread buttercream over cooled brownies; slice and serve
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I love creme de menthe bars and brownies and made some minty Oreo (green) brownies for St Paddy’s Day…these look soooo good!
Chocolate and mint is one of my favorite combinations. I am sure these are amazing.
Oh, I KNOW! People complain when you bring desserts because of the calories, but then when you don’t, they’re offended. #thelifeofbakers ;)
Ummmm, these look terribly delicious!
I saw the photo of these on FB and had to check them out! They look so delicious and sound like they taste amazing :)!
The mint lover in me is saying yes please, now!
These brownies look awesome! Great photos!
Those look super yummy!
Oh these brownies look so good, just the perfect consistency!
Yum yum YUM! Love creme de menthe and chocolate combined so put together in a brownie is my idea of heaven. You are the dessert queen!
Dense, fudgy and delicious, these look amazing. How cool is that, “you run a bakery!” Proud of you girl!
Oh yes, the looks of disappointment when you show up empty-handed. I know those all too well (actually, not really. It’s rare that that occurs :P)
If there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s the chocolate and mint combo. You’re killing MY diet. :P
Um, I am killing MY diet… please save me!
I LOVE chocolate and mint. And love getting rid of those pesky ingredients in the house without wasting them. Sounds like a win win!
My favorite flavors! These are just dreamy!
This really look heavenly!! I love chocolate and mint together!
Ohh these look like the ones I make! Except there’s a layer of fudge on top of the layer of frosting :) I’ve also adapted them to be peanutbutter filled instead of mint too :)
These look fabulous, Lauren! So fudgy and gooey and delicious! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!
They’re so fudgy! And I love the topping. I want to make these closer to Christmas time. :)
brownies and creme de menthe mmmm!!!
These look fantastic! I always feel the pressure to arrive at people’s homes with desserts, or to be on top of my game when hosting friends or family :) I don’t mind though – I love trying out new things and that gives me a reason to!
These look amazing, Lauren! Now that I’ve had your baking, I’m extra motivated to make them. :)
Ahhh, chocolate and mint – pretty much the best combination ever! Love these, and definitely the perfect treat to share with others :)
Minty Brownie… Yum!!!
This is the best combination ever, I can imagine how much wonderful this taste…
I don’t think I’ve had a peppermint/chocolate dessert since…the winter holidays!?! It’s been far too long and these look amazing!
Mmmm! Those look so good! Great pictures, I can almost taste them!
What a great brownie. I love a fudgy brownie, and mint is a perfect pairing. Sounds wonderful!
These look amazing. Mint and chocolate, such a perfect combination!
Hi Lauren! I just nominated you for the Most Versatile Blogger Award: http://misspetitesweets.com/2012/04/25/pumpkin-blueberry-banana-bread/
Thank you, Colleen!
i wanna eat this already
Wow, these brownies look amazing. I love the addition of Andes crème de menthe. Great job!
Those brownies look amazing! Next time I will try a bit of that lovely mint icing!
oooh, these look incredible and that perfect fudgy texture you always want brownies to be!