real life test kitchen: mint chocolate brownies


Yeah! Chad’s back from his overseas assignment! After a few weeks far away from the comforts of home, I thought he was deserving of some culinary treats. I whipped up these amazingly yummy mint chocolate brownies over the weekend. The recipe is in the current issue of Everyday Food, and I have to say they’d make a great dessert to bring along to holiday party. Basically, it’s just a traditional brownie batter + mini York Peppermint Patties. You pour a third of the batter into the pan, then place down a layer of the candies, then pour remaining batter on top. Bake as usual, about 45 minutes. It’s a little freaky that the peppermint part of the patties don’t really melt, but I have learned some questions are better left unanswered. Tastes amazing with vanilla ice cream on top! Here is the complete recipe at Everyday Food. — Angela M.

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How did you handle the melting of the chocolate? That always freaks me out — do you have a double boiler or were you able to find a heat-proof bowl to sit over the pan? Inquiring minds would like to know :o)

Angela M.

Hi Ellen…. I used a large pot, put in an inch or so water, and placed a large metal mixing bowl over. It fit nicely, and I just kept stirring the chocolate and butter in that while the water simmered underneath. It worked pretty well, though the metal bowl did get a little hot to touch. Have oven mits handy!

i put a HURTIN’ on them brownies!!! man were they good!!!

oh wow, that looks so damn good! i just printed it out to make. thanks for sharing!!

Thanks Angela, but now I’m sitting at my desk ready to give up a limb for one of those brownies :)

Why the close up picture?

Me soooo hungry now… I guess I have to do some more holiday baking (again…. oh darn). (;


I made these for a work holiday party and they were a big hit.


while the patties did mostly melt, thus loosing the neat effect, they were amazing brownies and so easy to make! There were made for part of a christmas gift but these jsut may have to stay a secret ‘test batch’.
thanks so much


Ms Angela, I hope you don’t mind me answering Ellen’s question.
Ellen, I use Anchor-Hocking glass bowl when melting chocolate over the stove. I use low to medium heat.

Will have to try these. Mint is one of my favorite things to go with chocolate. The other is peanut butter. Thanks for the link to the recipe.

I like the rusticity of this photo. In an age where magazines and even blogs have such air-brushed photos, this brownie photo is a “taste” of new flavor.