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Mint Brownies

Chocolate and mint make a really good pair.  Kind of like Nate and I do, but without the occassional bickering 😉

My dad once told me that he likes mint chocolate, but not chocolate mint. I’m not even sure what that means. But I think he’d make an exception for these brownies…I know I would.

These came about after I made some mint-filled chocolates for the Daring Bakers Challenge and had a LOT of leftover mint filling. The recipe I had for the mint filling wasn’t part of the recipe for the chocolates themselves, so I ended up having a ridiculous amount left. I think that the amount I used in the candies was like 1/16th of it.

When I made these, they had a bit too much mint filling. This would normally be fine with me, but the filling is so sweet that too much of it literally hurts your teeth. I ate too much when I was taking them out of the pan, and then all I wanted was salty foods. Does that ever happen to you?

So I’m pretty sure this should be just the right amount. You can easily roll out the filling thinner if you don’t want as much.

In the end, these were super rich and totally delicious. Even Nate, who can eat a giant piece of cake in one sitting, could only have a small piece of these brownies. They’re even better warm. For some reason it cuts the sweetness. Or maybe they’d be good topped with some cold and creamy vanilla ice cream!


Mint-filled Brownies
Recipe by Me

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Makes 24 large brownies

Mint Filling:
1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
2 oz. softened margarine, unsalted
1 1/4 lbs powdered sugar
1/2-1 tsp mint extract (taste to determine how minty you want it)

Brownie:
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons mint extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine filling ingredients and mix until well blended and forms a “dough.” Can be done in a stand mixer or by hand, kneading well.

3. Roll out filling “dough” until it is slightly smaller than a 9×13-inch rectangle. Set aside.

4. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 9×13-inch pan. Butter/spray the pan well.

5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder.

6. Place the chocolate and butter in the bowl of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water, and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water of the double boiler, and add both sugars. Whisk until completely combined and remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be at room temperature.

7. Add three eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until just combined. Add the mint extract and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage, or your brownies will be cakey.

9. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate. Using a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until there is just a trace amount of the flour mixture still visible.

10. Assemble the brownies: Pour half of the brownie mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Carefully lift the mint filling and place on the brownie batter. You can do it in two pieces if it’s easier.

11. In heaping spoonfuls, scoop the rest of the brownie batter over the mint layer and smooth to cover.

11. Bake the brownies for 40 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, and check to make sure the brownies are completely done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the pan. The brownies are done when the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

12. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool the brownies completely before cutting and serving. These are easiest to cut at room temp rather than after refrigerated.

11. The brownies can be stored, tight wrapped at room temperature, for up to 4 days. Best served warm with ice cream!

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When I visited my friends in Cleveland and was planning the menu I’d make for the evening, I knew a dessert had to be on the list.

I asked Sarah what she’d like, hoping for something fruity or fresh for summer…but Sarah was very specific: brownies 🙂 Her dad was visiting also and she said that brownies are one of his favorite desserts.

However, being me, I couldn’t bear to make plain brownies. I’d been eyeing a lot of recipes on the web lately, and stumbled upon one for a Sweet and Salty Brownie from Brown-Eyed Baker.

I dunno if you’ve heard, but salted caramel is all the rage these days. From chocolate bars to desserts, people can’t seem to get enough.  And while I don’t typically like to follow trends, I figured just this one time wouldn’t hurt anyone.

I don’t really know by looking at a recipe if a brownie will be the consistency I like. For this purpose, I rely on the photos. And Brown-Eyed Baker had lovely photos indeed. Fudgy, rich, amazing.

I didn’t feel like going all out and making a homemade caramel (although I know that would have been even tastier), so I went the semi-homemade route by buying caramel ice cream topping as a substitute. I was hoping for one of those gourmet brands that’s super thick, but all the supermarket had was the syrupy Smuckers brand. So that’s what I used.

The result was very gooey, and very delicious. We ate these warm in a bowl, topped with vanilla ice cream. Now if you’re looking for brownies that are portable and able to be eaten with your hands, this isn’t the recipe for you. But if you have access to a bowl and spoon, dig in!


Salted Caramel Brownies
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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Makes 24 large brownies

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
11 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 small jar caramel topping (about 1 cup)

For the Topping:
1½ teaspoons fleur de sel
1 teaspoon coarse sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 9×13-inch pan. Butter/spray the pan well.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa powder.

4. Place the chocolate and butter in the bowl of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water, and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water of the double boiler, and add both sugars. Whisk until completely combined and remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be at room temperature.

5. Add three eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until just combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage, or your brownies will be cakey.

6. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate. Using a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until there is just a trace amount of the flour mixture still visible.

7. Assemble the brownies: Pour half of the brownie mixture into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Drizzle about ¾ cup-1 cup of the caramel sauce over the brownie layer in a zigzag pattern, making sure the caramel doesn’t come in contact with the edges oft he pan or it will burn. Use an offset spatula to spread the caramel evenly across the brownie layer, leaving about a ½-inch border around the edges. In heaping spoonfuls, scoop the rest of the brownie batter over the caramel layer. Smooth the brownie batter gently to cover the caramel layer.

7. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, and check to make sure the brownies are completely done by sticking a toothpick into the center of the pan. The brownies are done when the toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

9. Remove the brownies from the oven and sprinkle with the fleur de sel and coarse sugar.

10. Cool the brownies completely before cutting and serving.

11. The brownies can be stored, tight wrapped at room temperature, for up to 4 days. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream!

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Well, this was supposed to be a Cinqo de Mayo post, but Nate took the pictures I needed off of his camera and put them on his computer before I had a chance to get them. I was excited about being so blog-conscious, doing a mexican-inspired meal on Cinqo de Mayo, but he screwed it up 😦 (don’t worry, Nate, I forgive you, but you better not do it again) …so instead, I bring you dessert.

I decided on a whim the other day to reward Nate with some homemade brownies. I rarely make them from scratch, as I find the boxed ones to usually be superior. However, i thought I’d give them a shot.

Nate loves chocolate-mint, so my first inclination was to make an andes mint brownie. Sounds tasty, right? But then I remembered that we had tons of leftover, stale cookies that are basicaly the TJ’s version of Tagalongs. They were ok, but I thought that in a brownie, they’d taste much better 🙂 To amp up the peanut butter flavor, I also decided to make a layer of pb swirl on top.

Let me tell you, these turned out totally delicious. You could definitely substitute another cookie  in here…although I happen to think that a chocolate covered cookie would work best so that it melts a little.

And you could easily omit the pb topping. But that would be stupid.

Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Tagalong-Wannabe Brownies

Recipe by Me

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Makes 16

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted + 2 Tbsp, butter melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour + 2 Tbsp flour
1/3 cup Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 Tagalong (or similar) cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.

Whisk together 1 stick melted butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; whisk well. Stir together 1/2 cup flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended.

In a smaller bowl, microwave peanut butter and 2 Tbsp butter for 30 sec – 1 min or until melted. Whisk in confectioners sugar and 2 Tbsp flour.

Pour 1/3 of chocolate batter into pan and spread out. Place the 12 cookies evenly over the batter and press lightly down. Put rest of chocolate batter evenly over cookies and lightly spread without disturbing the cookies.

Put blobs of the pb batter on top of the chocolate. Don’t worry about it looking nice. Using a knife, drag it through the pb and chocolate batter, creating a marbling effect. Tap pan on counter to get all air bubbles out.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until brownies are set and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting.

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