Years ago I found a recipe in a magazine entitled Double Chocolate Brownies. It was probably an advertisement for Hershey’s or Nestle’s as they used to provide a lot of great recipes when they advertised back in magazines in the 80s and 90s. I was trying to get rid of some chocolate and mint chips I bought for the holidays and decided I would use this base recipe and add a nice green icing on top in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day. I also added an extra cup of the green chocolate chips from the Holiday baking chips that have red, green and brown chocolate chips.
These brownies turned out wonderfully. Lots of delicious chocolate and the essence of mint provided an amazing aroma throughout my kitchen and house as I was making these delicious brownies. The way this recipe works is that half of the original chocolate chip package is melted and added to the batter and the rest is stirred into the batter. I did that but with mint chocolate chips instead. Plus I put extra chocolate chips on top of the brownie so they are really triple chocolate brownies but we’ll leave the name as it is!
You don’t have to use mint chocolate chips in this recipe. You can use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips. You can ice the brownies with a color that’s appropriate for whatever holiday you wish–blue and red for Independence Day, orange for fall harvest or halloween, red and green for Christmas, pink or red for Valentine’s Day or any other color you prefer. For that matter you can use whatever chip you want and turn this bar into a blondie if you prefer–butterscotch, cinnamon chip, or peanut butter. Use the same basic recipe and just use whatever chips you have on hand or prefer using.
This recipe is quite easy to prepare and looks and tastes yummy! No one needs ANOTHER recipe for brownies–but here is another one just in case you’re bored with your current recipes! I personally love mint chocolate chips and whenever you combine them in a brownie….well, they quickly become my favorites. So here’s a recipe in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy.
These Double Chocolate Mint Brownies are a great treat for St. Patrick’s Day.
I used two kinds of chips in the recipe. The lighter colored chips are mint and the darker green chips are from the holiday baking chips–they are colored in reds and greens but taste chocolate.
Everyone loves brownies. These are pretty easy to make too.
I was trying to use up some chocolate mint chips and some of the holiday baking chips I had leftover from holiday baking. Since they were both green I decided on making them for St. Patrick’s Day. But regular chocolate chips will work fine here if you can’t find mint chocolate chips.
Here’s what I did.
These are the mint chocolate chips I found.
I used the green chips from this package for St. Patrick’s Day, and the red chips from this package for Valentine’s Day!
Place butter in a saucepan and melt over low to medium heat.
Stir to combine ingredients and melt butter.
This will take a few minutes.
Here the butter has finally melted.
Add half the bag of chocolate and mint chips.
Continue stirring until the chips melt.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
Stir to incorporate the vanilla.
Transfer mixture to a glass mixing bowl.
Add baking soda and salt.
Whisk ingredients together.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Add remaining chocolate mint chips and stir gently into batter to combine.
Here the batter has been combined thoroughly.
Place chocolate mixture into a 9×13″ baking pan or dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Sprinkle a half bag of the holiday baking chips over top. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Here the brownies have baked.
Here’s another look.
To make icing: place powdered sugar in a bowl.
Add water. Be careful not to add too much or the icing will become runny and thin.
Add green gel food coloring and whisk to combine.
I used this green gel food coloring.
Here the green food coloring has been whisked into the icing.
Spoon icing into a ziplock bag and cut off a small tip of the corner.
Drizzle icing over top of brownies.
Allow icing to dry completely. This may take 30-45 minutes or so.
Cut St. Paddy’s Day Double Chocolate Mint Brownies into 24 bars.
If you like chocolate and you like peppermint you will love these rich, dense, thick and chewy brownies.
These decadent brownies have chocolate in the batter and then morsels in the batter and more morsels on top of the batter! They are rich indeed. Prepare for a sugar overload!
Put this great brownie on your list for St. Patrick’s Day parties!
Here’s the recipe.
ST. PADDY’S DAY DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MINT BROWNIES
(Recipe inspired from a magazine recipe of years ago—Double Chocolate Brownies)
2/3 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher or sea salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
4 tbsp. water
2 12-oz. pkg. dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips
1 cup green and chocolate morsels from the holiday chocolate chips package (use red chips for Valentine’s Day or another occasion)
In medium saucepan over medium heat slowly melt butter, sugar, and water. Remove from hat and stir in 1 bag dark chocolate and mint chocolate chips. Add vanilla. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Add eggs, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine. Add flour and the other bag of chocolate and mint chocolate chips. Spread into a 9×13” baking pan or dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Smooth chocolate mixture into pan. Sprinkle cup of green and chocolate morsels evenly over top. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost cookies with green icing in remembrance of St. Patrick’s Day. Serves 24.
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp. water
½ tsp. green food coloring
Whisk ingredients together and scoop into a plastic zip lock bag. Cut off the corner. Drizzle the icing over top of the bars.
NOTE: If you are unable to find mint chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips will work. You will need 1 1/2 bags.
These chocolate and mint brownies are a real treat. Your family will love them!
Take a tray of these to your office this week and you’ll be lucky to even get one!
I love anything with mint chocolate chips and these sweet brownies turned out perfect!
Why don’t you treat you and your family to a batch of these delicious St. Paddy’s Day Double Chocolate Mint Brownies?