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Chef John's Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chef John's Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Chef John

This stripped-down recipe for brownies requires almost zero technique, and uses only cocoa powder to achieve a dense, chewy, very chocolaty treat. Top with mint icing for a unique spin on an old favorite.

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  • Calories:
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.2g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 88 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl; stir in melted butter until mixture is smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix in second egg.
  5. Fold in flour and transfer to ungreased 8x8-inch square baking dish.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool in the baking dish for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Mix powdered sugar, milk, and mint extract in a bowl until smooth.
  9. Pour icing over cooled brownies. Spread evenly and allow to set, about 30 minutes.
  10. Slice into 16 brownies.
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Reviews

TheBritishBaker
12
7/18/2012

I thought it best to grease the pan first of all, so I used wilton cake release spray. DId not want to make the icing as these were to sit on the counter at work for 8 hours so I changed the recipe slightly by using mint extract in place of the vanilla. Topped off with a little green powdered sugar. Anything mint works a treat for me! I just love both the basic taste and the texture of this brownie, now that I have this recipe I plan on swopping out the extract to make a variety of different flavors. Planning on trying with orange extract next!

beautifuldayinca
11
5/8/2012

These were good. I am going to make them again, but I will grease the baking dish. I thought "ungreased" was odd, but left it that way. Brownies stuck. The pieces were good though! More brownie like than another recipe I tried.

Canadian Guy
5
4/27/2013

Chocolaty, dense and super moist. To make sure to get them moist do not bake by time. Set your timer 5 minutes less than recommended and check with a toothpick or bamboo skewer. Continue checking every minute or so until there is barely any batter on them. remove for oven immediately. They will continue to cook a little on the cooling rack. Meaning if they are perfect or cooked in the oven they will be over cooked when cooled. In this case not a moist brownie at all.