Chewy Mint Chocolate Brownies

10 Mar

We’re getting into that silly time of year.  Did anyone else miss that all-important hour of lost sleep for daylight savings like I did?  March equals rain and slush around here, with some days stuck in winter and other days hinting at the upcoming spring.  Warmer, cooler, sunshine, snowstorm… March cannot make up its mind, and it’s all wishy-washy this time of season.

Thank goodness we can depend on the yumminess of brownies when we need something consistently satisfying!

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These sweeties aren’t just any brownies, either.  They are Mint Chocolate Brownies, adapted from my all time favorite chewy brownie recipe.

Chewy Mint Chocolate Brownies

St. Patty’s Day is March 17, which is only a week away.  These deliciously chewy, rich Mint Chocolate Brownies are perfect if you’re looking for something with a little bit of green.

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These mint chocolate brownies are chewy, fudgy, and refreshingly minty.  I used a bit of peppermint extract to enhance the minty flavor, and it turned out nicely subtle, which I like.  If you want to up your minty-ness, just add more peppermint extract to your batter.



RECIPE (one 9×13 pan)


1/3 cup (1 oz) Dutch processed cocoa, unsweetened
1/2 cup + 2 TB boiling water
2 oz unsweetened, good quality solid chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup + 2 TB olive oil
4 TB regular butter, melted
2 large eggs + 2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose, sifted flour
3/4 tsp table salt
1 1o-oz bag mint-chocolate morsels, or dark chocolate/mint chocolate combo


Bring kettle of water to boil.  Adjust oven rack to second-to-lowest position and preheat to 350F.

Insert 2 long sheets of foil perpendicular to one another in baking pan, long enough to hang over edges.  Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil against pan.  Grease foil sling and set aside.

Whisk cocoa and boiling water (measure out correct amount from kettle of boiling water) together in large bowl until smooth.  Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted.  Whisk in oil and melted butter.  Whisk in eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and peppermint extracts.  Continue to whisk until smooth.  Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated.  Sprinkle salt and sifted flour into batter and mix with rubber spatula until just combined.  Fold in 1 cup of the mint/chocolate morsels.

Transfer batter into prepared pan, spreading into corners and smoothing the surface.  Sprinkle with remaining chocolate/mint morsels.  Bake about 30-33 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.  It’s done when toothpick comes out with moist crumbs attached; should not come out completely clean.  It may seem underdone, but it will set upon cooling.  Do not over bake, or brownies will be dry.

Transfer pan to wire rack and cool for 1 1/2 hours.  Remove brownies from pan using foil sling.  Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely.  Cut brownies into squares and serve.  Can be stored in airtight container at room temp for a couple of days.

By:  Chew Out Loud, inspired by Cooks Illustrated

7 Responses to “Chewy Mint Chocolate Brownies”

  1. cheriblevy March 11, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    wow. I want to eat one of those so badly! I don’t think they sell mint extract or morsels in this country! 😦

    • chewoutloud March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      I think they were at the super market. Maybe it’s only seasonal? I bought them a couple months ago. If you can’t get them, the Andes mint morsels should work! Those are available year round.

      • cheriblevy March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

        I wish! I live in Israel where certain items are harder to come by 😦

  2. huntfortheverybest March 11, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    where did you get the mint morsels? can’t find them anywhere!

    • chewoutloud March 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      If you can’t find them, try the Andes mint morsels. If mint anything is a total no-find locally, maybe give the chewy chocolate brownies a try (linked on this post) – they are awesome and my fave!

  3. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 15, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Yum, your brownies look so good!

  4. roweeee April 6, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    These brownies certainty look delish! I was amused by your description of the March weather. It’s been pretty much the same here just North of Sydney, Australia except we are going into Autumn. We lose daylight savings tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to gaining an hour. I’ve been trying to do that for awhile! xx Rowena
    PS I am intending to try your chocolate sauce. I’m quite the chocoholic and I’m polishing off a lovely Ferrero Rocher Easter Bunny as I type. Yum!

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