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Chef John's Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chef John's Chocolate Mint Brownies

  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
Chef John

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


  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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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.




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!




This recipe made my night!! Just got back from a potluck Christmas dinner at our friends place. After browsing some recipes and tips on making brownies, I decided to make a chewy one instead of another type. I wanted to do my first attempt with a very simple recipe, and I opted this one. Turned out my it was successful. They love it! Some of them wanted to learn how to make it. One of them said that's her first best brownies in town (we live in China)! A compliment and thank to Chef John! :D I accidentally use 2/3 instead of 3/4 cocoa, but like Chef John said, the quality of cocoa is very important to the result - I use brand Fry's from Canada (thanks to my lovely mom-in-law), don't know if that's the best over there but it works great! Didn't have 8x8" baking pan so I used silicone meatloaf pan, and it cooked well evenly - no uncooked part in the middle. I grease the pan with melted butter and didn't have prob at all when taking the brownies out of the pan. Since I use a small convection oven, I set the heat for 150 Celcius instead of 175, so it wasn't over-burnt, but instead of 35 mins it took 45 mins to cook - until the toothpick comes out clean. I'll definitely make it again, my husband loves it! It was finished too quick until I didn't even have a chance to take a picture, next time I'll post it here :)

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