Monday, February 23, 2015

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Mint Frosting

Sometimes, you just need a brownie.

Last night was one of those times.  It was literally 8:30 last night when I got the urge to make the chocolatey beauties, and because they had popped into my head, and would now not go away, I headed to the kitchen to make them.

My husband has this knack of knowing when I'm up to something in the kitchen, even when he is another part of the apartment.  Kind of like a cat who hears the can opener and comes running!  He also has this habit of trying to eat the things I make the second they come out of the oven...as in, they are still the temperature of the fires of Mount Doom, and he proceeds to try to grab them and eat them.

Last night, he waited a few minutes (amazing!), then got a mischievous grin and edged toward the door.  All bets were off, he was going for the brownies.

Ultimately, I found the brownies to be a bit dark for my tastes, but I knew it was nothing a good frosting couldn't fix.  The mint frosting on these brownies perfectly tones down the darkness of the chocolate, and the color makes them look amazing!

The only hard part is keeping my husband away from them long enough to frost them!















Dark Chocolate Brownies with Mint Frosting

Ingredients:

Brownies:

1 1/2 c. flour
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 c. unsalted butter (melted)
1 Tbs vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips

Frosting:

6 Tbs butter (softened)
5 Tbs milk
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp mint extract
green food coloring

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt.  Stir in the melted butter, eggs and vanilla until the batter is thick but well mixed.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter into a greased 13x9 pan.  Bake 30 minutes.  Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

Whisk the butter, powdered sugar and milk with an electric hand mixer until smooth and fluffy.  Add the extract and as many drops of green food coloring as it takes to reach your desired color.  Whisk thoroughly.














Enjoy!

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