Friday, December 14, 2012

Mint Brownies


Back in 1996, at least 10 lb. of my “Freshman 20” could directly be attributed to BYU Mint Brownies. I ate them at the cafeteria, I ate them at the creamery. I ate them with ice cream or without ice cream.  (Yeah, today my 5-year-old was reading Green Eggs & Ham aloud on the way to school…)

Anyway, my mother-in-law (who lives within 15 minutes of BYU) shared a recipe from her neighbor Klissa. She makes a thin brownie sheet cake, and tops them with the iconic minty green buttercream frosting and melted chocolate.

I prefer chewy brownies to sheet cake brownies, so for mint brownies I use a normal brownie mix (my fave: Betty Crocker Hershey Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix—contains 2 shapes of chocolate chips!!). This post was not sponsored by Betty Crocker or Hershey J

Mint Brownies are my oldest son’s favorite dessert. Some years, he’s had mint brownies in lieu of birthday cake!!! Today, I made them at his request on our turn to supply treats for Cub Scout pack meeting. Tonight I overheard a leader say, “I think these are the best refreshments we’ve ever had at scouts!”


My ingredients

Brownie Layer:

2 x 20 oz. brownie mix prepared according to package instructions (oil, eggs, water, etc.)

Spread in 9 x 13” pan. 



Mint Frosting:

3 Tbsp. margarine, room temperature

1 ¾ c. confectioner’s sugar

1/8 tsp. mint or peppermint flavor

2-3 drops green food coloring

1-2 Tbsp. water

Mint Frosting Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in bowl and mix with electric mixer.

2. Spread on brownies—will be a thin layer of frosting.

3. Put in freezer 15 minutes.


Chocolate Topping:

1 c. chocolate chips

4 Tbsp. margarine


Chocolate Topping Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in bowl.

2. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. Microwave at 15-second intervals until melted.

3. Spread on brownies.

4. Put in freezer 15 minutes.


*Nutrition Facts:

Item
Calories
Fat (g)
Sodium
 (% RDA)
Carbs (g)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium
(% RDA)
20 oz. brownie mix, prepared
3400
160
80
460
10
20
0
7 Tbsp. margarine
490
56
35
0
0
0
0
1 ¾ c. confectioner’s sugar
840
0
0
210
0
0
0
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
840
48
0
108
0
6
0
Total
(32 brownies):
5570 kcal
48 g
115 %
778 g
10 g
26 g
0 %
1 brownie:
174 kcal
1.5 g
3.5 %
24 g
0.5 g
1 g
0 %


*Calculated from food packaging.

I used “Betty Crocker” brand “Hershey Ultimate Chocolate” brownie mix, “Great Value” (Walmart) brand confectioner’s sugar, “Blue Bonnet” brand margarine, and “Nestle” brand semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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