Tis the Season! These brownie mint squares are the perfect dessert to bring to any holiday party or cookie exchange. The prep is a bit more than your average brownie mix but the result are SO WORTH IT. People will be talking about these treats for many Christmas’ to come! The mint layer on top is what really sets these above the rest. Of course following the cookbook recipe for this layer is the way to go, however for those events that you just don’t seem to have the time I do have a little shortcut in mind ☺
What you’ll need:
For the brownies:
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (I recommend Bakers brand chocolate bars)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
For the mint layer:
½ cup (1 stick) butter softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1.4 cup crème de menthe
¼ cup (1/2 stick butter)- Yes that’s 3. 5 sticks of butter total!
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water
For the brownies; heat 1 cup butter and the unsweetened chocolate in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter and chocolate are melted, stirring frequently.
Let stand until cool. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the chocolate mixture with the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan and bake for 30 minutes.
For the mint layer:
Mix ½ cup butter, the confectioners’ sugar, crème de menth and half-and-half in a bowl. Spread over the brownie layer. Refrigerate until completely chilled. Heat ¼ cup butter, the chocolate chips, and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter and chocolate are melted, stirring frequently. Pour over the mint layer. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut into small squares to served! (I sprinkled peppermint flakes on top to add a little extra holiday cheer☺ )
If you’re short of time it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these tasty treats, skip the instructions for the mint layer and use andes mint chips instead, just pour on warm brownies immediately after taking them out of the oven. Spread melted chocolate evenly on the brownies. Refrigerate until a hard layer forms then cut and serve!