I have this obsession with finding the perfect mint brownie.  I’m sure that it’s out there– in fact, I know it is because there is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that used to serve it while I was in graduate school.  It wasn’t a restaurant, really, but a coffee shop.  However, their mint frosted brownies were to die for along with they veggie reuben (but that is for another day!)  I actually found a pretty good, easy-to-make substitute for the frosted mint brownie, that uses a Betty Crocker brownie mix.  Without a doubt, mix brownies, in my opinion, compete with the best homemade brownies.  I personally like the gooey and fudgier brownies myself.

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint Brownies

Now, making these frosted mint brownies will take a bit longer than just making your standard brownie from a Betty Crocker Brownie Mix; however, I promise that the extra effort will be well worth it!

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1  cup of Creme de Mente Chips
  • One Box of Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
  • Oil, Water and Eggs as described on box of brownie mix
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Sifted Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup of Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 4-8 drops of green food coloring
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tsp Light Corn Syrup

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint Brownies

This recipe is a modification from the Mint-Chocoate Brownies recipe by Betty Crocker.  You make the brownies exactly as described on the box with one exception– add 1/3 cup of Creme de Mente Chips.   Bake the brownies as described, and remove from oven and allow to cool entirely.  This means letting them sit for an hour or two after they are done baking.  (This recipe takes some patience.)

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint BrowniesOnce they are done cooling, make the Green Frosting layer.  To do this, you put the powdered sugar, cream cheese, whipping cream, peppermint extra and green food coloring into your mixer, and whip until very smooth. Remember that you can make the frosting as green or white as you’d like!  Pick a color that suits you, I like lots of green.  Then take the frosting and spread evenly over your cooled brownies.  Stick the brownie pan with the frosting into the fridge to cool and set.

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint BrowniesAfter the brownies and frosting have chilled, put the butter in a double boiler and let it melt.  Then slowly add the remaining 2/3 of a cup of the creme de menthe chips, and the corn syrup.  Blend until all melted.  It should be a creamy, smooth, but somewhat thin chocolate sauce.  You will then pour the chocolate sauce on top of the green frosting and spread it evenly.  Return the brownies to the fridge and let everything harden and set.

My Mom Made That: Frosted Mint Brownies

Once everything is hardened and set, you are ready to slice the brownies and serve them.  I hope that you will enjoy the Frosted Mint Brownies as much as I did.  I love that I could easily get a recipe from Betty Crocker and make a few chances and end up with a wonderful baked treat to share with my family.

Cake mixes, cookie mixes and brownie mixes are a great way to make your holiday baking a little easier, but keep everything homemade and just as yummy!  If you’d like to get a coupon for Betty Crocker, you can get one for BiLo stores here, or one for Winn-Dixie Stores here.

What are you baking up this holiday season?  If you aren’t sure, here’s a great collection of recipes to check out!