So, I dig cooking, which is probably obvious. But I really LOVE baking. I mean, dinner is good and all, but who wouldn’t rather just eat dessert? Don’t even pretend to be an adult when you mentally answer that. I know that everyone would rather eat dessert, so get off your high horse and eat some treats.
I believe wholeheartedly that chocolate combined with mint is one of the greatest food marriages of all time. Period. Seriously. I mean, chocolate and peanut butter is up there, as well, but there is something so wonderful about the crispness of mint in your chocolate that you could almost forget how fattening it is while you’re eating it and licking your fingers. Almost. And, you know, the thought of how bad it is for you is almost enough to prevent me from eating it all. Almost.
So, I got an awesome gift today in the form of a very large cardboard box full of baking goodies such as sugars, flours, a variety of chips and baking candies, and this. OH, THIS.
So, of course, I tore open the package and stuffed some in my mouth. While they were melting and getting gooey and making my tastebuds weep in happiness, I decided that if I didn’t act fast, I would probably eat the entire bag. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but why eat the whole bag, when I could dump them into some brownies and get the cakey, fudgey, brownie to act as a perfect carrier for the mint-chocolate bits. Why indeed?
So, here is a recipe for Chocolate Mint Browniegasms. Rated PG.
Here’s what you need to get started:
Cocoa, baking soda, butter, boiling water, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, salt, mint chocolate chips or baking bits, and some powdered sugar and milk if you want to make the glaze.
First, go ahead and get your oven heated to 350 degrees. Then, you can go ahead and set a small pan of water to boil. The great thing about brownies is that they are pretty efficient. They’re compact and easy to clean up after, and they don’t take a lot of time, but you get a big payoff at the end. Especially with these beauties. After you turn on your oven, butter a 13x9x2-inch baking pan and set it aside.
Stir together the cocoa and baking soda in a large bowl; just blend them together.
Next, pour in 1/3 cup of the melted butter. Use butter, people. I heard tell that even rats won’t eat margarine.
Mix it! It’s going to be thick and chunky, and it does not taste good, so don’t taste it. If you are wanting to taste it, eat a scoop of cocoa out of the box, and as you choke and begin to weep and gag, you will remember that even though it smells heavenly, there is no sugar as of yet. Don’t taste it.
By now, your water should be happily boiling away. I like to pretend that it’s doing good things for my skin, like a sauna. I’ll take what I can get. Measure out 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir it into your butter-cocoa mix. Keep stirring until your mixture is thickens.
Stir in your sugar, eggs, and the remaining 1/3 cup of melted butter until it is fairly smooth.
Add the flour, vanilla, and the salt. Stir it up and dump in your chocolate-mint bits. Mix it up more until you’ve got a real big mess in your bowl. Now, my friends, is the time to taste test. Now.
Go ahead and dump your mixture into your prepared pan. Definitely make sure you’re wearing a beautiful silk scarf from that traveled back from Cambodia when you do this so that you can get chocolate brownie batter all over it as you try and scrape your goods into the pan. *Facepalm*
Throw it in the oven and let it do its thang for 35-40 minutes. Go ahead and grab some while they’re piping hot, or, if you have more self-control than anyone I’ve ever met, you can let them cool completely before you glaze them. Whatever.
To make the glaze, mix up your powdered sugar, your milk, and your food coloring and pour it all artistically over your brownies. Then eat. And experience the for yourself the bliss that is the chocolate mint browniegasm…
Here’s your printable cheat sheet!