Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!!! What? Didn’t you know that every February 19th is the national day to eat chocolate and mint goodies? Yeah, neither did I. There really isn’t anything online revealing the roots of said holiday. Nevertheless, I will proudly celebrate this most awesome day.
So in honor of this most esteemed day of chocolate celebrations, I have decided to make a batch of homemade brownies topped with gooey mint and maybe some chocolate frosting. Yummo!
I hope you enjoy these decadently rich brownies. So get baking people! And when they are ready, make sure to sit down with a large glass of milk or coffee and a plate of these warm gooey goodness fresh from the oven.
Happy Baking Everyone!
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Grease and flour a 8 inch square pan.
- Melt the butter and pour into a large bowl for mixing.
- Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix until thoroughly blended.
- Add cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Pour half the batter into the pan.
- Top with peppermint patties, then pour the rest of the batter on top. The patties will be baked inside the brownies for a nice peppermint surprise. I also topped mine with a little bit of crushed up patties for a little more mint. I find that when you bake them the patties lose a little bit of mint flavor.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. The patties will melt a bit and the brownies will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
- If you want a bit more of a chocolate kick, then top your brownies with a chocolate buttercream icing (see recipe below).
Chocolate Buttercream Icing
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1-8 tsp of milk
- 1 lb (4 cups) confectioners sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
1. Cream butter, vanilla and milk. Add sugar, salt and cocoa powder until creamy. This will yield about 2 1/2 cups.