Monday, July 18, 2011

Minty Brownies--Secret Recipe Club

I am happy to be a new member of The Secret Club. This month I had the pleasure of finding something fun to make on Glenda's Blog. Busy-at-Home is full of great food, parenting tips, home schooling advice, gardening tips etc., there is something for everyone on Glenda's Blog.
I recently took inventory of my 'chip' stash, semi sweet, milk, white, peanut butter are staples, I don't want to run out! Hiding in the back of said cupboard was a package of Andes Mint Chips. Purchased for holiday baking I knew the shelf life was running out.
I was happy to find the perfect recipe for my mint chips. Whatever Floats Your Boat Brownies was just what I was looking for. This is a basic rich, chewy brownie. Nothing special, butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa, eggs and flour combine to make a excellent brownie base. You then have permission to add 2 cups of whatever you like. I chose mint chips which were perfect in this recipe. I wanted to add more minty goodness so I frosted the cooled brownies with a pink mint frosting. A chocolate ganache drizzle completed the dessert, which was perfect for a girls night out!
So, clean out your baking cupboard and make a delicious unique dessert.

Whatever Floats Your Boat Brownies
1 cup butter
1 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons flour
Melt butter, cool and add cocoa, sugar vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time and stir well. Gently stir in flour. Add 2 cups mix-ins. Bake in a buttered 9x13 pan at 350 for 35 minutes. Brownies are done when a tooth pick comes out with a few crumbs attached and brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan.
Mix-ins may include a combination of
nuts, chopped peanuts, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, etc.
chips, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or white chocolate, peanut butter chips, mint chips
chopped candy, peanut butter cups, snickers etc.
mini M&Ms etc.

Minty Frosting
5 tablespoons soft butter
1 tablespoon Karo
1/2 teaspoon mint flavoring
3 tablespoons cream
2 1/3 cups powered sugar
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add a few drops of red food coloring. Spread on cooled brownies. Drizzle with ganache.

3 ounces milk chocolate
3 ounces dark chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Karo
Bring cream and Karo to a simmer over medium high heat. Pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes before stirring. Stir and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Cool till desired thickness. Drizzle over brownies.
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Amber said...

Oh, if only my heartburn could take it!! 2 1/2 more months until I get some chocolate!! These are going to make an appearance then, for sure!

Nedra said...

Those brownies look sinful. How do you stop at one?

Glenda said...

Cindy, these are beautiful! It's definitely our family's favorite brownie recipe. I love mint so we will surely be trying this soon and the brownies are so pretty. They make me think of baby showers. Wouldn't they be a cute dessert for one? Thanks for your kind words about Busy-at-Home!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

These are delicious looking! I love mint brownies - send me one please! :P

Carolyn said...

Isn't the SRC fun? Your brownies are gorgeous, nice pick for your recipe.

Kayte said...

Those are so pretty! Love that pop of the frosting on these.

Gloria Baker said...

Wow! I love these minty brownies look delicious, love the pictures!!gloria

Shumaila said...

The pink with the chocolate looks so beautiful! I love the addition of mint- have been wanting to try a similar recipe but always keep forgetting!

Eliotseats said...

Great brownie recipe with lots of variations possible. Great SRC post!

Unknown said...

These look amazing! I LOVE the pink frosting!

Sara said...

Love the idea of using pink for mint instead of pretty and delicious! :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, my kids would LOVE these brownies! Excellent selection for the did a beautiful job decorating them :)

Shelby said...

I Have a chip stash too--and I have the Andes peppermint chips in my freezer. :). Chocolate and mint go very well together!

Lisa~~ said...

These look wonderful and I adore the pink frosting.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Cook Lisa Cook

Rachel said...

Wow, love the flavour and the frosting. Beautiful choice of recipe.

Unknown said...

Such fun! Great for a girl's only party.

Unknown said...

That pink mint frosting and ganache look incredible together! I'm sure my boys would enjoy this brownie too... ;-).

Tia said...

great job on these girly brownies!

Barbara Bakes said...

Love the bright pink frosting - so fun! I also love the idea of using up what you have in your pantry. An idea I could definitely use.

MrsJenB said...

That? Looks amazing! And so pretty :)

Kim McCallie said...

Your frosting recipe looks amazing. I'll definitely have to give this a try. I love that you used pink coloring in the frosting. The combination of pink and brown is always so striking. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Unknown said...

Mmm those look delicious!! And I love mint! Great choice. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind words. :)

Amy Anderson said...

The pink frosting is so cute!

Glad to be part of SRC with you!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

marla said...

Pretty pink frosting, love chocolate and mint. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

Jenn said...

I love mint brownies and your pic is making me wish I had one right now!

Winnie said...

It looks fabulous !:)

Amber @ said...

I like that the frosting is pink! So cute! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #12!

Dessert Now, Dinner Later!