By now you know Lynn’s mom was a pretty awesome cook. She loved baking more than any other kitchen activity, but she was good at all of it. She remembered some favorite brownies her mom made. They were stacked 2 high with a layer of icing in between. We’ve been playing with that idea and mint icing. We loved them so much, we added them as a special of the day at The Coffee Cottage. With dark chocolate and mint icing, these might taste a little like a famous chocolate mint cookie — probably better! We’re making them from brownie mix though. That’s so much simpler than the scratch recipe Lynn’s mom used. Here’s how we make them.
1 Box of Ghirardelli Chocolate Dark Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix
1 Cup or so of Powdered sugar
Peppermint extract or
a drop or two FOOD GRADE peppermint essential oil — it is very important that any essential oils used in cooking be food grade. If you are not sure, do not use essential oil.*
We bake the brownie mix in an 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment (allowing ends of paper to extend over side of pan for easy removal of the brownies after baking and cooling.
When cool we remove them from the pan onto waxed paper, then cut the whole piece exactly in half. We flip one piece over top-side down to a flat plate or another piece of waxed paper.
We like to add a tiny, tiny amount of peppermint to the powdered sugar first, and then slowly add the milk mixing until we get a nice spready consistency. We like our icing a little thick but where it still oozes out of the brownies some, too. Taste the icing and add additional peppermint if you like to suit your taste.
When our icing is just right we spread it on the bottom side of that first piece we placed on the plate. The other piece becomes the top half (brownie right side up).
We cut ours in slightly smaller than 2″ squares. We get 8 from a brownie mix made in the 8 x 8 pan.
Your turn to create this treats! You may find you need to eat them with a fork, and they go great with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
The Mint Chocolate Brownies are featured in Cinnamah-Brosia and Friends story: “Mint — The Joy of Giving” from The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus Nativity
Copyright 2017, Lynn U. Watson