Andes Mint Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

Andes Mint Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

I know EXACTLY what you are thinking right now...didn't she say in 2013 she wanted to eat healthier? More fruits and veggies? More grains? 

Yep, I did say that. And I did mean it! But a girl needs to have some fun too. 

But so quickly after the holidays you ask? Yes ma'am. My three day work week kicked my butt and I needed to bake. It's therapeutic. I could have baked bread...or muffins...or even cookies. But I needed chocolate. So I concocted this lovely recipe for brownies with Andes mint baking chips tucked inside. And then slathered them with homemade frosting. It was fun. And they are tasty. I feel much better now.


For brownies:
1/2 cup butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup Andes baking chips

In a medium saucepan heat butter and unsweetened chocolate together over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang of about 1 inch over the ends of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.

Stir the sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well until combined. Stir in the vanilla and peppermint extract. In another bowl stir together the flour and baking soda. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the Andes baking chips. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Place pan on a cooling rack and cool completely. Spread chocolate frosting over the cooled brownies. Remove brownies from pan, using the overlapping foil as handles to lift brownies. Place on cutting board and cut into 16 squares.

For frosting:

1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder, and milk. Heat mixture until everything is melted together, stirring constantly, almost to boiling. Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. 

Bon Appetit!