Mint Brownies {Best EVER!}

If an Andes mint and a decadent fudge bar eloped to the North Pole and had a beautiful baby brownie, and if that brownie went on to be crowned homecoming queen, graduate from Harvard, and win the Nobel Peace Prize, it would be these Mint Brownies.

BEST Mint Brownies. Rich, fudgy and perfect. All chocolate mint lovers must bake this! #holiday #christmasI’m not one to rush to superlatives or swoon at the concept of a soul mate, but these mint brownies are THE ONE. A lifetime lover of chocolate and mint, and self-proclaimed brownie aficionado, I can say with confidence that no other chocolate mint dessert touches these mint brownies. They are transcendent.

The brownie layer is deep, dark, and decadent, a chocolate-lover’s paradise. On its own, it risks being too rich, but the fluffy, fresh mint layer majestically lightens and balances it. The mint layer, in turn, is balanced by a thin lid of unsweetened chocolate. I love sinking my fork into the shiny chocolate top, watching it crackle over the York Peppermint Patty-like mint filling below, then burrowing into the fudgy brownie base.

BEST Mint Brownies. You won't even want Christmas cookies, these are so good!The origin of this recipe is my friend Elizabeth, who years ago slid an innocent-looking pan of brownies (if there can be such a thing) my direction and asked if I’d like to try, “the best mint brownies ever.” They were so incredible, I nearly seized the pan and made a run for it, but a slug of milk returned me to my senses. I asked for the recipe instead. Elizabeth obligated.

The BEST Mint Fudge Brownies

Today’s recipe is a lightly adapted version of Elizabeth’s. I modified it to fit into an 8×8 vs. 9×13 pan, because once I begin work on these brownies, self-control becomes a mere hypothesis, so a smaller pan is beneficial. I also tweaked the recipe to yield thicker, fuller brownie, which is just how I like them. Finally, to keep things from completely rolling off the edge of prudent brownie behavior, I incorporated Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. It’s completely undetectable, adds fiber, and allows you to feel a bit more confident about that extra slice you just snuck.

World's Greatest Mint Brownies. Total fudgy perfection!Eating these mint brownies is an exercise in both total indulgence and complete refreshment, particularly when enjoyed how I love them best—chilled from the fridge. It’s a day at the spa, but with brownies. Coincidentally, this also how I picture heaven.

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Mint Brownies

The BEST mint brownie recipe. A layer of fudgy brownies topped with fluffy mint and dark chocolate. This is a chocolate mint dessert lover’s dream!

Yield: 1 8x8-inch pan (16 brownies)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

For the brownie layer

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened bakers chocolate
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or additional all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the mint layer

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring

For the chocolate topping

  • 1 1/2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8-inch pan and set aside.
  2. Prepare the brownie layer: In a heat-proof bowl set atop a pan of simmering water so that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water’s surface, melt the 12 tablespoons butter and 3 ounces chocolate together. Stir frequently and watch carefully so the chocolate doesn’t burn. When the chocolate has nearly melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth. Set aside and let cool completely.
  3. Once the chocolate has cooled, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add the vanilla extract and sugar, beating thoroughly. Add the whole wheat pastry flour and all purpose flour, then beat until blended.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the middle appears set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. Prepare the mint layer: In a medium bowl, beat the 3 tablespoons of softened butter and powdered sugar together. Add the milk and peppermint, beating until smooth, then beat in the food coloring.  Spread over the cooled brownie base and refrigerate until firm.
  5. For the topping: Melt the 1 1/2 ounces chocolate and 1 1/2 tablespoons butter together, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over the chilled mint layer, then spread with spatula, gently covering surface with a very layer. Place in the refrigerator to set, then cut into squares. The brownies will cut more easily (and are delicious) when chilled. Enjoy with a large glass of milk.

Store leftover brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator or wrap tightly and freeze up to two months.

I’m also sharing this recipe on the Bob’s Red Mill blog.

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About Erin Clarke

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55 comments

  1. These will be perfect to take to the office for coffee break. Thanks

  2. I love everything about these brownies!

  3. Glass of milk AND mint brownies??? Thud…….

  4. Thanks! Sounds like a bakers dream!

  5. I just want a big ol bowl of that frosting! thanks for 12 great days of giveaways :) Excited to see what else we have coming :)

  6. I am crazy about mint and brownies!! So actioning ASAP!! Hope you had a wonderful turkey week!

  7. Sarah | Broma Bakery Reply

    Twinsing right now. I made peppermint brownies this weekend, and am posting them on Wednesday! Yours look fantastic. Loving the mint green color!

  8. These are seriously so perfect. Can I have a dozen shipped to me pretty please?

  9. love love love these brownies!! yes to the peppermint extract!! so festive. . I love it! heading over to get the recipe!

  10. Good gosh – these are transcendent indeed – I so wanna stuff my mouth full of these till they start shooting out out my nostrils! And woa – what an amazing way to spread the love lady – this is one of 12 awesome giveaways – thanks so much for hosting!

  11. Talk about a decadent brownie. I’m in love.

  12. Those are absolutely divine looking! So pretty and perfect for snacking on anytime of day!

  13. Love these brownies – mint and chocolate is my FAV!

  14. These did turn out so well. I can tell they’re your soul mates!

  15. Those mint brownies look so good

  16. These brownies look dangerously tempting, Erin! Love chocolate and mint together, you right it is heaven :)

  17. I can justify eating these because they are only “after dinner mints’…….lol
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. I love Bob’s Redmill! and these brownies look amazing! One time in school I did a report on peppermint and I brought mint brownies for the class!

  19. Danae @ Recipe Runner Reply

    Such perfect brownies Erin! Love that mint layer and that you used whole wheat flour, it’s like you knew I needed a pan of these today!

  20. Ummmm…Mint and chocolate are my ultimate weakness! Especially when that chocolate comes in the form of chewy brownies. Nice job! Love the 12 days of Christmas, too…I did that for Trevor one year and it was so much fun! :)

  21. What a great giveaway and these brownies…OMG! I think I’d eat the whole pan. Pinning them to make them for gifts :) (if I can save any for others)

  22. My mom and I were just talking about making mint brownies this morning! Seriously. You are a girl after my own heart. Christmas time always makes me crave mint and chocolate. I will definitely be making these babies ASAP.

  23. Just looking at these and I know they are THE ONES. Pass me the whole pan, please!

  24. I am craving dessert like no other right now and these babies are not helping! They look fantastic!

  25. Oh my those brownies look heavenly! Almost like one big Andes Mint! Pinned!

  26. These look FAB! Perfect for the Holidays. Oh and I just read your 100 things I’m thankful for post and it was so inspiring. I think we should all do that every year! How wonderful!

  27. Oh after reading your description, how can one resist?! They do sound like the best brownies ever!

  28. Hi Erin,

    I live in CA and it is 8:58pm here. I am trying to enter the giveaway but the widget is no longer there. Did it expire based on your time zone?
    Love your blog, recipes and sense of humor!!

    Warmly,
    Elisabeth

  29. These brownies are right up m husbands alley!! Yummo!

    I put my twitter name instead of my instagram name when I said I followed you on instagram…@TwoLegoBoys. Sorry!!

  30. These mint brownies look purrrfect with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Yum! Pinned this for later!

  31. I make a version of these every year and your superlatives are SO RIGHT!

  32. These luscious Mint Brownies have my undivided attention! Until December of each year lemon and citrus desserts are a favorite. Then I switch to peppermint!

  33. So I saw a brownie like this years ago in Cooking Light and have been wanting to make them. These look incredible!

  34. Oh no! I just hit enter after I entered my twitter name and it was misspelled by one letter. I can’t click it to revise. Can I redo that entry or is it forever lost? Sorry for my over anxious typing hands… I’m just really excited for this giveaway! :)

  35. To die for!

  36. Made these for one of our Christmas desserts and they turned out great! I can’t seem to find the whole wheat pastry flour at any of the grocery stores near me so I had to improvise with the white whole wheat flour. Were you ever able to find it anywhere in Madison?

    • Hi Kelsey! I’m so excited that you tried and liked this recipe!! Thanks for letting me know :-) In Madison, I found Bob’s Red Mill Pastry Flour at both Copps (Shorewood location) and Woodman’s.

  37. Baking is better than therapy and costs less.  It’s just two of us and we don’t bake often~once on the lips forever on the hips~ so my question is about the umpteen varieties of flour~ all purpose to self rising, bleached/unbleached, nut flours and on and on.   I don’t really need a pantry full of flours so is there is noticeable difference in taste of finished product from flour to flour?  Also, is it safe to store flour in the freezer double bagged, if not how long should I keep it in the pantry?  Thanks for your help.            ~Judy @[email protected]

    • Hi Judy! As far as shelf life, I’d refer to the manufacturer. If I could only have a few flours, I would recommend unbleached all purpose and white whole wheat flour. The all purpose is a great all around baking ingredient, and white whole wheat has a similar flavor, but is higher in fiber. All flours are definitely NOT the same, however. If you see a nut flour (or cake flour or coconut flour, etc) the recipe was intended for that specific type of flour. Each has different properties.  I wouldn’t substitute—just try to find recipes that call for all purpose or white whole wheat (and white whole wheat can always be swapped for half of the amount of all purpose in almost any recipe).

  38. Thanks for the info!!

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