Friday, May 30, 2014

Mint Cream Brownies!



If you love chocolate, mint, and creamy deliciousness then you have  to try this recipe!  I put it together because I was looking to satisfy my sweet tooth craving for those Andes mints they give you at restaurants. Mission accomplished!  I hope you enjoy. 

Mint Brownies

    1 ½ Cups Flour                                         4 Eggs

    1 tsp Baking Powder                                2 Cups Sugar

    1 ½ tsp Salt                                             1 tsp Vanilla Extract

   2/3 Cup Butter                                         1 tsp Peppermint Extract

    ¼ Cup Vegetable Oil                                 ½ Cup White Chocolate Chips

      ¾ Cup Cocoa                                            ½ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 13x9 pan and set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside until you’re ready for it.
 In a sauce pan over medium heat melt butter.
 



Once the butter is melted, turn heat to low and stir in cocoa and oil until your mixture is smooth and all the cocoa is dissolved. 

 Pour this mixture into a medium/large sized mixing bowl then slowly mix in sugar.  Blend in eggs one at a time stirring thoroughly between each egg.  Add in vanilla and peppermint.

  Gradually add in the prepared flour mixture, stirring well to make sure the flour and cocoa mixtures are fully combined.




   

 



Fold in the white and dark chocolate chips and pour into prepared 13x9 pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool fully before spreading on the mint cream!
 

 
                   Mint Buttercream Filling             
 
4 oz Neufchatel Cheese                         3 Tbsp Butter
3 Cups Powdered Sugar                         1 Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
2 tsp Salt                                              1 tsp Peppermint Extract
 
  So this mint cream filling turned out to be an amazing happy accident.  I had intended to use regular cream cheese but when I went to the fridge to grab my cream cheese, I only found Neufchatel.  Apparently I had forgotten that I had used up all my cream cheese on my last naughty treat!  But you're not reading this to hear about my grocery woes, you’re reading this blog to find out how you can make this delicious treat so here we go...
  In a medium bowl whip together Neufchatel cheese and butter until it’s light and fluffy.  Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, being sure to whip between each cup until you reach a stiff consistency.  Add in cream, salt, and peppermint extract then continue whipping until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
 

 Now you’re ready to spread this creamy yumminess on top of the fully cooled brownies.
 
 
 
 
But we're not done yet.  After all, this is the naughty treat, right?  So let's indulge and take this to the next level of deliciousness.

 Chocolate Topping

2 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips
2 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp half and half
 
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all three ingredients stirring constantly until the combination is fully melted.  Remove from heat and then pour the  chocolate on top of the mint cream topping.
 
  Chill to allow chocolate topping to harden, then serve and ENJOY!