February 28, 2016

Swirled Mint Chip Brownies

As a food blogger, we are expected to make the best food.  A few months ago, I was in charge of bringing brownies to a family get together.  I have tried so many homemade brownie recipes and none even come close to my favorite box fudge brownie mix.  So, I made a box mix of brownies and topped them with my favorite homemade chocolate frosting.

Well, at the party, everyone couldn't wait to taste my brownies and everyone raved and raved about them and said they were the best brownies ever.  Hmmm . . . I didn't expect everyone to rave about them so much and then I starting thinking about what if someone asks me for the recipe, I'm going to have to tell them it's a box mix . . .  ha ha.

So, I am now determined to find and/or create an amazing homemade brownie recipe.

This is my favorite homemade brownie recipe that I have found so far.  The texture is soft and fudgy and the chocolate flavor is just right.  Just like with box brownies, the extra chewy edges are the best part.  These stay fresh for several days.  

Since it's almost St. Patrick's Day, I decided these could use some green mint flavoring added to them.  I melted green mint chips and swirled them on top of the brownies before baking.  The end result has an impressive green swirl throughout.  The mint flavor is there, but it isn't overpowering.  I have never had a hard time finding Guittard green mint chips, but if you cannot find them, you can either order them online or use white chocolate chips, add a tiny bit of mint flavoring and some green candy food coloring.  Make sure it's candy food coloring, because if it's a water based coloring, it will cause your chocolate to seize up and that is never good.

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Swirled Mint Chip Brownies
(Printable Recipe)  

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. (4 Tbl.) unsalted butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. green mint chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal, and spray with cooking spray.  Combine chocolate chips and butter in a medium, microwave-safe, dish and microwave until chips and butter are melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Remove from microwave and stir until well combined.  Stir in the sugar and brown sugar.  Whisk in the eggs, one at a time and add the vanilla.  Last, add the flour and salt and stir until combined.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread out evenly; set aside.  

Add mint chips to a small, microwave-safe, dish and microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Spoon melted mint chips into four somewhat even parallel lines, each spanning the length of the pan.  Rotate pan 90 degrees and using a toothpick, draw five or six vertical lines from the top of the pan to the bottom, pulling the toothpick through the brownie batter and green lines.  You can stop here or you can draw lines from corner to corner.  Don't go too crazy, you will want to make sure you can see both the brown batter and green swirl.  Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the brownie portion comes out mostly clean.  Cool completely before cutting.

Jenn's Notes: This is a rich brownie that has just the right sweetness.  They're not too sweet, but if you do prefer your brownies a little sweeter, try making with milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet. 

Base recipe adapted from: Happy Food Healthy Life

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